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STANDARD FORM NO. 04 


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Mr. Tolson 


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Nov. 2, 1955. 





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•object : /‘'UNITED A IRLINES CRASH 

\y LONGMONT, COLORADO /_ ~ 

/Assistant SA^ftfoore telephoned with reference 
United Airlines plane. He stated that this plane c 
after take-off from Denver, Colorado. Thirty-nine 
orew members were Hilled. There are no survivors . 
material was spread over an area one mile wide and 
but it is easily accessible. 


Mohr_ 

Parsons 


Winterrowd 


/\ Holloman - 

to the crash &f 
rashed ten minutes 
passengers and five 
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He further advised that I p f United M 

Airlines, Chicago, has contacted the Denver Office and indicated they 
would undoubtedly asH for assistance from the Bureau in identifying b7C 
the bodies. 

Denver further advised _ Civil Aeronautics b7C 

Board, Kansas City, has contacted the Denver Office and advised thax 
a he is in charge of the investigation of the plane crash and requested — 
I the Bureau’s cooperation in making available an explosives expert 
Ho assist in the investigation of the crash. 

I contacted SAC Hostetter at Chicago and advised him to obtain 
the passenger list as quickly as possible. He advised that they had 
already been contacted by United Airlines. The passenger list is 

compiled and will be transmitted to the Bureau for name search 
i for fingerprint cards some time this morning. 

RECOMMENDATION 

That I be authorised to proceed to the scene of the crash with 
|identification ejxperts to render assistance in the identification of 
|the bodies. The matter of the explosives expert is being covered by 
fa memorandum from, Mr. Belmont of the Domestic Intelligence Division. 

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Office Memo randum ? united statiP government 


MR, TOLSON 


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DATE: 11-3-55 


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subject: CRASH OF NIT EL AIRLINES- PLANE 

FLIGHT 629, LONGMONT, COLORADO 
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IDENTIFICATION MATTER 


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Mr, 2b77im called from, Longmont, Colorado, at 11:55 a,m, 
today, There were 44 people on the plane consisting of 5 crew 
members and 39 passengers, (One of the passengers wa3 an infant,) 

When Mr, 213771771 and tfte identification crew arrived at 
the crash scene 10 of the bodies had been already identified and 
removed, This left a balance of 34, Through fingerprints 21 o£ 
I tftese 34 ftaae. been ifLentified^ ba .Bureau a ^ tfte crash 

1 see Tie*. "This leaveT^a^STance^ofl3 whohavenot been identified / 
fingerprints, These 13 consist of 1 man and 12 women, 

Mr, Tamm said that the bodies were in fairly good con¬ 
dition, They still have clothing on them and it was possible to 
secure dental charts which the United Airlines crash crew is now 
doing. They are still making efforts, however, to identify these 
remaining 13, 

Mr, Tamm feels that they will be able to wind up the 
affairs by noon tomorrow and return to Washington by plane bn 
Friday afternoon, He is planning on leaving Denver on 12:40 p,m, 
flight, 11-4-55, 

Mr, McGuire in Mr, Nichols ' Office was furnished with 
the foregoing information immediately after the call, \ 


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D. J. Parsons 



UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 


DATS: 11/4/55 


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SUBJECT: 


CAirStf - UNITED/ AIRLINER DC-6 
FLIGHT 629 - LONGMONT COLORADO , 
November 1, 1955 


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The attached news service clipping reports that Charleys 
Wisconsin explosives expert, is employed by United Airlines offic 
aid in the -investigation of the United Airlines crash November 1, 
near Denver, Colorado. The Director's notation inquired "Who —La_ 
Wilson?" , ' 


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Wilson, 
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1955, 


We have known of Wilson and his reputation for bmrry years. r He 
was withthe Nort/wester^^ Crime Detection. .Laboratory during 

the "TS^O 7 ^ a red handled firearms Tde^^^cation aorfr in that "l^oraisLIJif 
From 1938 to ~l947 he was ‘BTfecTor of t/ie Worthwestern 'Laboratory and, 
separated from it when the laboratory was sold to the Chicago Police 
Department. Since that time Wilson has been head of the Wisconsin St ate 
Crime Laboratory. ~ ' “ 

According to our information, Wilson is not a C02J&3J& graduate.) 
though he is reported to have attended tKe University of California. 

He is not a specialist in any technical linejt Ve have no tnf^jvnajligji that 
would 'justify hUL hetng an "outstanding authority" or even an expert in 
the /ield of explosive^ Wilson and his laboratory are §omewhat of a 
.jofre t/Pjazo enforcement ctrcitfa in fft.sconsin. He is reputed to seek 
5usinessf > or his laEoratory and has even antagonised law enforcement 
agencies by injecting himself into cases receiving a great deal of \ 

publicity. When he runs into an examination which he does not know how 1 
to handle, he simply lays it aside and forgets it and we understand \ 

in many cases no report is ever submitted. He do es se ek publicity. but 4 
has never caused the Bureau any problem in this respe^ctT - '^ ' r 

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As reported in my memorandum of November 3, 1955, I talked to <" 
the SAC at Denver to insure that his employment was by United Airlines 
and, therefore, not in conflict with our assistance to the Civil ^ 

Aeronautics Board. I learned that United Airlines had hired him « 

without knowing that the Civil Aeronautics Board had requested Bureau \<A 
assistance. 

I told the SAC at Denver to see that Wilson was kept out of ourl 
way and that none of our findings were made available to him. United § 


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Airlines is apologetic for having gotten him into the case and has 
assured us that they will get rid of Wilson without any interference 
to. the technical assistance we are furnishing the Civil Aeronautics 
Board . 

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WISCONSIN EXPLOSIVES EXPERT, VIL1| 
THE "BLAST — OR BLASTS — THAT ROCKED \ 


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1A UNITED AIR LINES DC-$B AIRLINER BEFORE IT CRASHED TUESDAY NIGHT NEAR 
WERE KILLING 44 PERSONS. \ 

J WILSON, HEAD OF THE WISCONSIN STATE CRIME LABORATORY, WAS 
SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE IN NEARBY DENVER ABOARD A UAL PLANE THIS MORNING TO 
JOIN GOVERNMENT AND COMPANY INVESTIGATORS. 

BEFORE LEAVING MADISON, WIS., LAST NIGHT. WILSON TOLD REPORTERS 
THAT IN INVESTIGATING SUCH A PLANE CRASH "YOU LOOK FOR THE SAME THINGS 
\YOU DO IN A BOMBING OF A CAR." 

\ THE WISCONSIN EXPLOSIVES SPECIALIST WAS EMPLOYED BY UNITED AIR 
DINES OFFICIALS TO AID IN THE INVESTIGATION. 

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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

COMMUNICATIONS SECTION 






NOV 2 1955 


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FBI, DENVER 


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DIRECTOR, FBI AND^AC CHICAGO, URGENT ('.V ; 

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CRASHUAL DC SIX, FLIGHT SIX TWTTNINE, LONGMONT, COLORADO 

SABOTAGE, RE MY PHONE CALL, CAPTIONED FLIGHT CRASHED ^ ” ~ 

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APPROXIMATELY EIGHT AND ONE HALF MILES FROM LONGMONT, 

COLORADO, IN OPEN COUNTRY AFTER APPARENTLY DISENTIGRATING 

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IN FLIGHT, FLIGHT ORIGINATED ON EAST COAST AND WAS ENROUTE 
PORTLAND, OREGON AFTER SCHEDULED STOP AT DENVER, APPROXIMATE 
TIME OF CRASH SEVEN NAUGHT THREE PM MST. PRELIMINARY REPORTS 
INDICATE THIRTY NINE PASSENGERS AND CREW OF FIVE PERISHED, 

EXACT CONDITION OF BODIES HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED AS WRECKAGE COVERS 
AREA OF ONE MILE IN LENGTH AND ONE FOURTH MILE IN WIDTH, AGENT 
ON SCENE MAINTAINING LIASION WITH LOCAL OFFICERS, UAL AND CAB 
[AUTHORITIES. FOR BUREAU-S INFORMATION, UAL FLIGHT ENGINEERS OUT 


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ON STRIKE, 



UAL CHICAGO, TELE- 


PHONICALLY NOTIFIED THIS OFFICE THAT HE AND|_ | 

I ENROUTE CRASH SCENE AND WOULD PROBABLY ESTABLISH 
MORGUE AT GREELEY, COLORADO, WELL COUNTY. STATED UNDOUBTEDLY 
'WOULD REQUEST SERVICES OF ASSISTANT DIRECTOR TAMM AND IDENTI¬ 


FICATION TEAM. 




NOV 8 


Mr. Belmont 






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CHICAGO MAINTAIN CLOSE LIASION UAL HEADQUARTERS FOR COMPLETE 
PASSENGER LIST WITH IDENTIFYING DATA FOR USE BY IDENTIFICATION 
liDIVISION* AGENT ON SCENE INSTRUCTED TO BE ON LOOK OUT FOR 
^CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS AND EVIDENCE OF PILFERAGE INVOLVING 

I FEDERAL VIOLATION* 

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GORMtfNICATIONS SECTION 


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i DIRECTOR, FBI AND SAC CHICAGO URGENT 

CRASH UAL DC SIX, FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE, LONGMONT, COLORADO, 

SABOTAGE, RE MY PHONE CALL. CAPTIONED FLIGHT CRASHED 

APPROXIMATELY EIGHT AND ONE HALF MILES FROM LONtMONT, 

COLORADO, IN OPEN COUNTRY AFTER APPARENTLY DISENTIGRATING 

IN FLIGHT. FLIGHT ORIGINATED ON EAST COAST AND WAS ENROUTE 

PORTLAND, OREGON AFTER SCHEDULED STOP AT DENVER. APPROXIMATE 

TIME OF CRASH SEVEN NAUGHT THREE PM MST. PRELIMINARY REPORTS 

INDICATE THIRTY NINE PASSENGERS AND CREW OF FIVE PERISHED. 

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EXACT CONDITION OF BODIES HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED AS WRECKAGE COVERS 
AREA OF ONE MILE IN.LENGTH AND ONE FOURTH MILE IN WIDTH. AGENT 
ON SCENE MAINTAINING LIASION WITH LOCAL OFFICERS, UAL AND CAB 
AUTHORITIES. FOR BUREAU-S INFORMATION, UAL FLIGHT ENGINEERS OUT , 

ON STRIKE. I luAL CHICAGO, TELE- 

PHONICALLY NOTIFIED THIS OFFICE THAT HE ANDl 

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ENROUTE CRASH SCENE AND WOULD PROBABLY ESTABLISH 
MORGUE AT GREELEY, COLORADO, WELL COUNTY. STATED UNDOUBTEDLY 
WOULD REQUEST SERVICES OF ASSISTANT DIRECTOR TAMM AND IDENTI- 



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CHICAGO-MAINTAIN CLOSE LIASION UAL HEADQUARTERS FOR COMPLETE 
PASSENGER LIST WITH IDENTIFYING DATA FOR USE BY IDENTIFICATION 

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DIVISION. AGENT ON SCENE INSTRUCTED TO BE ON LOOK OUT FOR 
CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS AND EVIDENCE OF PILFERAGE INVOLVING 
FEDERAL VIOLATION. 

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STANDARD FORM NO. 64 


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TO : Mr. ^ 


UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 


date: November 3, 1955 


FROM 


SUBJECT: 


M. A. Jon 



PRESS RELEASEIDENTIFICATION 
OF VICTIMS IJrn jNITE D AIRLINES .. . 
PLANE CRASH 

LONGMONT, COLORADO, NOVEMBER I, 1955. 


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Harbo _ 

Mohr_ 

Parsons _ 

Rosen_ 

Tamm _ 

Sizoo_ 

Winterrowd . 
Tele. Room 
Holloman _ 
Gandy _ 


There is attached a yellow of a duplimat 
of a proposed press release regarding the identification 
of victims of the United Airlines plane crash at Longmont 
Colorado, on November 1, 1955. 

When approved, the attached should be returned 
to the Crime Records Section for further processing. 


RECOMMENDATIONS : 

(1) That the attached press release be approved 
and teturned to Crime Records. 


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(2) That the attached memorandum to Mr. G. Frederick Mullen 
be approved and signed. 

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If approved, I will clear with Q. Tamm 
on the scene sofecan tell United people f 
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FOR MR. G. FREDERICK M ULLEN 
OF PUBLIC INFORMATION 


There are attached tea espies el a press release 
regarding the identification of victims of the Baited Airlines plane 
crash at Longmont, Colorado, on November 1 ; 1955. which I 
thought yon might like to make available to thk press. 

Very traly ysfers, 


John Edgar Hoover 
Director 


ALL iNFOMiATION 

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NOTE: See Jones to Nichols memo 11-3-55 re "Press Release Re 
Identification of Victims in United Airlines Plane Crash, Xdft 
Longmont, Colorado, November 1, 1955." FJHisms 



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November 3, 1955 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 


The Department of Justice announced today that FBI 
fingerprint experts have identified twenty-one out of forty-four victims of 
the United Airlines plane crash near Longmont, Colorado, on November 1, 


1955. 


J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI, stated he dispatched 

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experts to Greeley, Colorado, where the bodies had been taken, on the day 
following the crash. Nine of the victims had been identified by other means 
when the fingerprint experts arrived, and of the remaining thirty-five, 
f twenty-one were identified by the FBI. 

} The identifications were based upon comparison of the victims 1 

fingerprints with fingerprint cards of individuals with the same names and 
birth dates which were removed from the Identification Division's noncriminal 
files and flown to Denver. 

This is the second time within a month the FBI has assisted 
in identifying victims of a plane crash. On October 6, 1955, a United Airlines 
plane crashed near Laramie, Wyoming, killing sixty-six people. FBI fingerprint 

Tolson-- 

Boardman- 

identified forty-seven of this number from fingerprints in FBI files. 

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The recent e^a rl^ ees at Laramie, Wyoming, and Longmont, 
Colorado, illustrate only one of themanyuse ^$0 which fingerprint* can 
be put. It is a common,dcburrence for the FBl to identify unknown dead, 
amnesia vietinas, and missing persons as a result of fingerprint comparisons 
with fingafP^ut cards maintained in the noncriminal files. The major 
contributors to this file are the Armed Forces, the Civil Service Commission 
private industry, the Immigration, and Naturalization Service in connection 
with alien prints and private citizens who t&fenaitted their fingerprint impres - 
sions for personal identification purposes. 

V The FBI has more than 137, 000,000 sets of fingerprints on 
file* These prints’ af$ maintained in two separate files'!--criminal and 
noncriminal. The noncriminal files contain the fingerprints of an estimated 
60, 500, 000 persons while the criminal fileir c ontain the fingerprint im¬ 
pressions of more than 10,800,060 individuals fingerprinted in connection 
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'Office Memorandum • united states government 


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MR. TOLSON 


DATS: 11/3/55 

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subject : CRASH - UNITED AIRLINER DO-6 

FLIGHT 629 - LONGMONT, COLORADO, 
November T, 1955 



At the request of the Civil Aeronautics Board, (CABj the' Bureau 
is assisting in the investigation of the United Airliner crash on 
November 1, 1955, near Denver, Colorado, to the extent of sending a 

I Laboratory man to see if there is any indication that there Ujn* an 
explosion aboard the plane immediately before the crash. SA 
of the Laboratory went to Denver yesterday afternoon. 


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According to press and radio reports last night, the united 
Airlines have employed an n outstanding authority n in the field of 
explosives and identified this man as Charles If* Wilson, Head of the 
Wisconsin State Laboratory at Madison. Wilson*s background and re¬ 
putation are well known to us and he is t, notion outsta nding., authority 
in his field. While our relations~with Wilson are highly satisfactory 
insofar as police matters are concerned, he has, in the past, shown an 
eagerness for publicity and indiscretion in some matters which he hqs 


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In view of the above s I talked with SAC Burke at Denver this 
morning to find out why this outside expert was being utilised in view 
of the fact that the Bureau had agreed to assist. Burke s aid he had fee 

n eJh 1 .from I ^ _ I 

_ assured Burke that 


in touch with CAH_aijt]iorifi£s and had al 


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the CAB did not know United Airlines was seeking any outside assistance 
and assured us that there would be absolutely no interference with our 
inquiry. United Airlin es assur ed Burke that their Chicago Office had 
arranged to get hold of \ I only because they were unaware that the 

Bure au ftad aurggd oiue smc/i tec hnical assistance. Burke said 


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of United Airlines, had expressed his 


extreme "pleasure Tfiat fc/ie "ffureaums assisting and had issued jjjsillMp tions 


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no way in terfered with what the Bureau was doing. I told Burke to make 
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[sure that | Jdid not in any way interfere with our ex amjjiSkjiiSLP ’ and 

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that any information we gave to CAB was not made known to 


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Memorandum for Mr, Tolson November 3, 1955 


( Burke said that he could assure the Bureau this mould be 
done and there would be no problem and that a representative from United 
Airlines was simply going to stay with Wilson and let him get a general 
view of the wreckage and then let him go back to Wisconsin, 

( I told Burke this would be satisfactory and that we should 
take w part whatsoever in the United Airlines handling of their so-called 
expert since our assistance was solely at the request of the CAB, 

ACTION : 

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Editor-in-chief , /(/ / 

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Butte 603, Commonwealth Building 

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I heard your broadcast last night 
relative to the identification of the victims 
of the plane disaster near Longmont, Colorado, 
on November 1, 2955, end deeply appreciate 
your kind remarks regarding the service this 
Bureau was able to render on this occasion * 


Tolsoir_ 

Board man . 
Nichols 
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Sizoo_ 

Wintenrowd 
Tele. Roon 
Holloman _ 
Gandy _ 


You have, I feel, done a real 
service in bringing before the public the 
value and importance of the noncriminal 
section of the FBI fingerprint files • 

Sincerely, 

NOTE: Henle on his 11-3-55 NBC broadcas i~~3iscussed the 
service of the FBI in identifying victims of^United Airlines 
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•object: CRASH - UNI-TED AIR LINERS DC-6, b7C VVinterrowd — 

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D iVouember l. f 1955 — 

aJ ABAC Moore called from Denver at 9 tl5a7m7~^o^ay ’ 

(ll/2), ref erring to Denver teletype of midnight last nighi. _^_ 

reporting the crash of a United Airliner which had left 
Denver shortly before the crash. 

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ASAC Moore said that | _ Civil Aeronau tics 

Board ( CAB) representative from. Kansa s TEEL ndp isgd he is I I 

I of the investigation for CAB. |_pduised there 

is~a~question in his mind about this crash because the plane 
1C disintegrated in the air about 10 minutes after it left Denver; 
the plane was over level ground; the captain of this plane 
■ did not communicate with ground control prior to the crash to 
advise there was any trouble, such as fire on the ship; and 
there is a strike of United Airlines flight engineers• 

_Josfred that the Bureau send a Laboratory man 

to the scene to examine the remains of the plane, for the 
J] purpose of seeing whether there is any indicati on of the reason 
II for the explosion. Moore said that the crime scene area is 
lj about one mile wide and three miles long. 

In airplane crashes such as this, it is the responsibility 
of CAB to initiate investigati on and determine the cause of the 
crash. The Bureau is not call£sL-ULJio investigate unless there 
I is indication of sabotage, I U s not asking us to investigate, 

j but is asking for Laboratory assi stance. 

_|said he is checking out one piece of baggage 

or freight, weighing 42 pounds, carried on the plane on air bill * 7C 


which has not been checked through oj 
item was consigned from New York by [ 
is checking this. _ 


RECOMMENDA TION : 

In view of the 
this airplane crash, the 

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Memo to Mr, Boardman from Mr, Belmont 


area, I recommend that we send a Laboratory representative to 
the scene of the crash for such Laboratory assistance as we , \ 
can render to CAB, Assistant Director Parsons advises that 


can render to CAB, Assistant Director Parsons advises that 
we do not mernwally do this, although we do examine evidence 
from the scene of a crash sent to the Laboratory by CAB, 
Nevertheless, I think that from a public relation standpoint, 
if nothing else, we should render this Laboratory service at 
this time • Mr, Parsons has no objection, 

If you agree, this will be done and Denver will be 
telephonically advised, 


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STANDARD FORM NO. 04 


Office Memorandum • united states government 


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FROM * 


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Mr . Tola on. 


DATE: November 8, 1955 


ALL INFORMATION 


L. B. Nichols 



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UNITED *AIRLINES CRASH 


NITEDjAI 

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Winterrowd_ 

Tele. Room _ 
Holloman__ 



SAC Burke of Denver called to advise he is being deluged^ 
with press inquiries on the plane crash and he wondered if it would be satisfa 
to state that we were in the investigation. 


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k l told Burke that he should limit his comment to stating that we were 
aking an inquiry to determine if there was any evidence of violations within the 
areau's primary jurisdiction and not to go beyond that point. 





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FE0EI3AL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

eOMMUKECATlOHS SECTION 


teletype 


FBI, DENVER 


11-4-55 11-27 PM MST 

VERY URGENT 


‘DIRECTOR, FBI VERY URGENT 

0 

CRASH OF U NITED AIR LINE S FL IGHT SIX TWO NIN E, LQNGMONT, 
COLORADO, NOVEMBER ONE, FIFTYFIVE, POSSIBLE SABOTAGE. 


U Efo Tohm i__ 

Boertoes*_ 

• /o I Mr. Nitihoh _ 

Mr. Belmont-icl 1 

Mr. Harhrv 

| Mr. Mohr__ | 

J Mr. Parsons_f 

Mr. Besen_„ I 

■ Mr. Tamm:_ I 

i Mr. Sizoo J_I 

j Mr. WinterrowcL ? 

Tele. Boom_I 

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RETEL CALL FROM BUREAU TONIGHT# INFORMATION ON HAND DOES NOT^INCLUDE 

hh\>' 


EVIDENCE THAT BOMB OR OTHER TYPE EXPLOSIVE PLACED ON VICTIM V PLANE BY 
ANY ONE INDIVIDUAL# PREVIOUS INFORMATION CONCERNING FORTYFIVE POUND 


PACKAGE FROM |_ NYC TO CONSIGNEE SAME NAME, SEATTLE, W. ftCU ™ r - ^ 

TON, LOCATED IN PASSENGERS PERSONAL EFFECTS AND DETERMINED TO BE 
DUFFEL BAG CONTAINING INEXPENSIVE WEARING APPAREL AND OTHER PERSONAL 
ARTICLES. PLANE WRECKAGE IN BITS OF ONE INCH SIZE TO HUGE PIECES 
STREWN FOR BETTER THAN TWO MILES IN LENGTH, OVER THREE FOURTHS MILE TO 
ONE MILE WIDE. THESE PIECES OF DEBR$ LOCATED ONE FOURTH MILE BEFORE 
TAIL ASSEMBLY LOCATED, THEN CONTINUING OVER ZIG ZAG PATH AS WERE 
BODIES FOR A DISTANCE NEARLY ONE MILE UNTIL TWO ENGINES BURIED IN ■} 

y / ■ • 

CRATER TEN TO FIFTEEN FEET DEEP. ABOUT SEVENTY-FIVE YARDS FURTHER' -/ / 

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REMAINING TWO ENGINES SIMILARLY BURIED. COCKPIT AND FIRST FEjfch . * 

PASSENGER SEATS TWO HUNDRED YARDS FURTHER FORWARD. NO EVIDENCE OF 





FIRE ON PLANE PARTS EXCEPT THAT EVIDENCED IN CRATERS 


CRASHED. ALL INDICATIONS FORCE DIRECTL^CpW^RD ^ioM RE^R LUGGAGE 


RE ENGINES 


AND BAGGAGE 


12 NOV a 1955 


COMPARTMENT. VERY SMALL FRAGMENTS OF META L FOR CED T HROUGH TOP AND SIDES 
ALUMINUM COVERING. ALL PARTS ^AND OTHER ARTICLES REGARDLESS OF SIZE 
BEING OBTAINED BY WELL ORGANIZED CREWS OPERATING SYSTEMATIC CRIME 
SCENE SEARCH BEING LABLED AND DELIVERED TO UAL WAREHOUSE DENVER WHERE 
BEING PLACED ACCORDlN£ r TO LOCATION AT SCENE. INFO RECEIVED TWO SIX TO 
"EIGHT FEET -TlfkEErQUARTER INCH PLYWOOD BOXES PART OF CARGO. THESE BOXES 


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DETERMINED FROM 



CONTAIN SHIPMENT OF PLASTIC 


ADHESIVE, SHIPPED BY GOODRICH RUBBER CO., AKRON, OHIO TO WESTERN AIR 


LINES SEATTLE, WASHINGTON . SA 



ADVISES PLASTIC ADHESIVE 


KNOWN TO HIM CONTAINES A THINER THE ONLY EXPLOSIVE MATERIAL WHICH IN 
HIS OPINION COULD NOT HAVE CAUSED THIS TYPE EXPLOSION. FLIGHT ENG¬ 
INEERS, UAL, AFFILIATE OF AF OF L STARTED STRIKE OCTOBER TWENTY- 
THREE, NINETEEN FIFTY-FIVE. STRIKING FLIGHT ENGINEERS PICKETING UAL 

AREA KNOWN NO ACTS OF VIOLENCE TO DATE. PILOTS AND COPILOTS FLYING AS 

H 

FLIGHT ENGINEERS. NOTHING KNOWN TO IDICATE STRIKING FLIGHT ENGINEERS 

A. 

CAUSED CRASH. IN THIS CONNECTION, ! ~^ ND I 

UNION STRIKE COMITTEE, QUOTED IN LOCAL PAPER AS STATING UNIONS WERE SET 

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BACK TWENTY YEARS WHEN UAL HIRED BURNS DECTIVES TO GUARD PROPERTY. 

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STATEp|_|WAS TO MEET AF OF L IN WASHINGTON 

TO FIND OUT WHY PILOTS FLYING AS SCABS. NO FACTORS KNOWN AT THIS TIME 

WHICH WOULD BRING UNDER BUREAU JURISDICTION. NO EVIDENCE OF POSSIBLE 


SABATOGE INVOLVED AT THIS POINT. I THEREFORE RECOMMEND AGAINST 


BUREAU INVESTIGATION AT THIS TIME. 


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STANDARD FORM NO. 84 


Office Memorandum • united states government 


TO 



date: November 1, 

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‘ HEREIN 






Tolson_ 

Boardman _ 

Nichols_ 

Belmont_ 

Harbo_ 

Mohr . 


subject : CRASH_ ON UNITED AIRLINES PLANE, 
*£'LIGHT 62% LONGMONT, COLORADO 
NOVEMBER 1, 1955 
SABOTAGE 


SAC Burke of the Denver Office called at 9:5® p.m., 
November 1, 1955: and advised that the United, Airlines plane 
Flight 629 which had left Denver at 5:52 p»m., MST, en route 
to Portland had crashed two miles north of Longmont, Colorado. 
It was a DC-6 plane with j8 persons aboard. Mr. Burke advised 
that he would submit a teletype when further details loere \ 
available. 

RECOMMENDATION: J> 


None. For your information. 

RECORDED - 71 




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Office Memorandum (j united states government 


Mr, A. H, Belmont 


FROM * 


SUBJECT: 


DATE: November 4, 

AH, INFORMATION CONTAK'ISD - 9 ^^ 

MSBjmjB WCLASSIFB® 


Mr, J. A. Sizoo 


CRASH OF UNITEM AIR-SINES (UAL) PLANE 

~FLiam r "& P) t wmiiONTl Colorado ..'~ 

^NOVEMBER 1, 1955 
POSSIBLE SABOTAGE 


Tolsoa _-— 

Board man-- 

Nichols-- 

Belmont- 

Harbo _— 

Mohr-- 

Parsons _- 

Rosen - 

Tamm'- 

Sizoo-— 

Winterrowd -- 

Tele. Ropm- 

Hollprfan- 

CX; 


At 11:35 o.,m, this morning SAC Webb Burke of Denver called^ b/L 

concerning the cajiLLim&d adxxJjme. crash._ He. adulsed that information, - vj - 

developed by the |_|7 tad suggested the ■' 

possibility that the Crash was caused by an explosion of some substance 
not normally found on an airplane, He advised that the nature of the 
portions of the plane examined suggested that the explosion took place 
in the baggage compartment three-fourth of the way back in the bottom)- b7C 
of the plane. He stated that he had furnished additional details in 
this connection to Mr, Parsons, (Parsons wrote a more complete memorandum 
concerning the above,) I advised Burke that this matter should be followed 
very closely as it might be necessary for the Bureau to undertake investi¬ 
gation if the inquiry was reasonably conclusive that the accident was caused 
by sabotage. He stated thaf a d efinite conclusion in this connection was 
not yet reached but that I b ag then out of the office examining 

additional material, I instructed him to advise the Bureau fully by 
teletype as soon as more specific information was available, , ' 


At 4:36 p. 
development in that I 
Denver in order to u 


ooh over baggage am 


iCL vised he was concerned over a 
oent to the warehouse of UAL ; 
~ather material which had been 


brought from the scene of the accident to the warehouse for storage. Upon 
arriving, \ ~~| was told that the material had been sent back to Lo nnmn-nt — 

Colorado, to the Imperial Hotel there,, for examination by the FBI an\ _ 

| Burke said it was not clear whether 
zKere Had, been a rru-simripr'ztand/'lfr whether the material had been sent out 
for examination by rather than the FBI examiner, He said he was 

going out immedAazeTy to find out what the situation loas and would advise 
the Bureau. I told him to -submit a teletype with all developments, 
including his recommendation whether or not the Bureau should handle the 
investigation. 

Not having heard further from Denve r . J cont&.cted ABAC Moore a; b/C , 
f:14 p.m, and ■ learned—he. had fust talked with 

for UAL s and that |_ advised him there had. vzzn n UTTgrrc WTSTinziZT^ - 

standing as UAL thought the FBI examiner was in Longmont and they had sent 
some baggage and other material back to Longmont for his examination and 

cc - Mr, Belmont RECORDED 79 ^VjB gJjgT ^ ./ . 

Mr. Rivnn •*. 


sent 

and 


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Mr, Sizoo 
Mr, Raurwa rdne r 


INDEXED - 72 20 N0V 9 1955 




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Memorandum for Mr.' Belmont 


stated, however, that the material 


possibly examination .by _ _ 

had not been touched- by anyone else and no one would handle it until the 
FBI examination; that there was no effort at all to circumvent the FBI 
in this matter. Moore concluded that this was a misunderstanding and 
that Burke was cheakdxui — tnJ^o the matter. I reminded Moore of the 
instructions which 


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had given in. ammaaiJam with the examinations 

that there was to be no interference on\ _ art with the work of the 

FBI Laborato ry man. Moore also advised that information had been received 

from _ that three wooden boxes of some kind of volatile material were 

shipped. 'Ey a national concern and might have been on this flight; that 
if they were shipped they might vjell have been in violation of shipping 
regulations and this material might figure some way in this crash if it 
was, in fact, on this plane. This is being checked out by UAL. Moore 
was instructed to see that a teletype was sent to the Bureau shortly 
summarizing all developments. 

This is for information. 


ADDENDUM : (FJBsJdd, 11-4-55) 

At 11:05 p.m., 11-4-55s after reading Denver teletype regarding 
this matter which arrived at the Bureau at 10:06 p.m. I called SAC Burke 
at Denver. I told Mr. Burke that the Bureau needed more detailsV. concerning 
this situation and instructed him to send another teletype to the Bureau 
tonight answering in detail the following questions: (1) Is any evidence 
k7C available that some person placed explosive material on the plane for 

possible sabo tage, mir-nnsesf (2) Furnish all facts and latest developments 
regarding the o a r ckacig_. inf ormation had been received earlier 

that a yackaqe-itt<rr&^ZQ. So l I in Seattle, Washington, had been 

put on the plane at Denver.) (J) Is there any indication explosive 
material was being legitimately shipped on this flight? (4) Furnish 
detailed informo.tion concerning the strike of flight engineers at Denver; 
give name of union involved; whether theze is picketing; whether acts of 
violence have occurred around the airport and whether there is any indica¬ 
tion the plane crash was the result of an act on the part of the striking 
flight engineers. Also furnish any other factors which would bring this 
crash within the investigative jurediction of the Bureau. (5) Furnish 

a recommendation of the Denver Office as to whether the possibility of 
sabotage exists and vjhether the Bureau should initiate . investigation 
regarding this crash. ; 









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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
Ik fc DEPARTMENT, OF JUSTICE 

eOMMUNlCATIONS SECTION 


ALL n^OBMATTCTT CONTAINED NOV 4T1955 

HEREIN IS in.TCLAfr’SH'USD 

_/>'• l}K£'E<2jUJj&l£ — ’&ZJsJ&2££2i£iSm TOT ^p P 

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TELETYPE 


I, DENVER 


11-4-55 11-4 XX 8-06 PM MST 


^DIRECTOR FBI VERY URGENT 1*1 I" 

CRASH QF^UNIT ED AIR LINES FLIGHT plFTWO NINE, LONGMONT, * 
COLORAD O, NQVEMBER yofe, fBtWIVE, POSSIBLE SABOTAGE* 
REMYTEL NOVEMBER TWO LAST AND TELEPHONE CALL TO INSPECTOR 
JOE SIZOO TODAY* FROM OBSERVATION OF REMAINS, IT APPEARS 
PLANE BLASTED APART IN MID AIR BY EXPLOSION ORIGINATING 
IN REAR BAGGAGE COMPARTMENT. SA | fo pM 

OBSERVATION OF WRECKAGE OF OPINION EXPLOSION CAUSED BY 
MATERIAL OTHER THAN NORMALLY ABOARD COMMERCIAL AIRPLANE, 
DUE TO EVIDENCE OF MORE VIOLENT TYPE EXPLOSION THAN WOULD 
BE CAUSED BY GASOLINE* FURTHER, THE EXPLOSION OBVIOUSLY 
ORIGINATED BENEATH THE FLOOR OF THE MAIN CABIN WHERE IS 
LOCATED THE REAR BAGGAGE COMPARTMENT* FUR^R EVIDENCE 
THE WIDELY SCATTERED PARTS OF THE PLANE IN TERRITORY 
APPROXIMATELY TWO MILES BEFORE THE MAIN PORTION OF PLANE 
CRASHED. CONTACT WAS HAD BY ME PERSONALLY WITH 




Mr. Tolao n . - 
Mr. Boardman—. 
/Mr. Nichols__—. 
Mr. Belmont,. 

Mr. Harbo,_— 

Mr. Mohr_ 

Mr. Parsons 

Mr. Rosen, . .. 

Mr. Tamm_ 

Mr. Sizoo._ 

Mr. Winterrowd- 
Tele. Room, , —, 
Mr. Holloman— 
Miss Gandy_- 


SCENE, TOGETHER WITH^ 
END PAGE ONE 




ISP^^BBRj^SationstT" 

I CAB, AT WHief 0 N0V S 1955 











PAGE TWO 


TIME 



XPRESSED DEEP REGRET THAT THERE HAD BEEN 


A MIX UP, HE STATED THAT EVIDENCE WHICH WAS REMOVED 
FROM THE SCENE TO A WAREHOUSE IN DENVER AND THEN TAKEN 


FROM THE WAREHOUSE IN DENVER BACK TO THE IMPERIAL HOTEL 
IN LONGMONT WAS DONE AT THE REQUEST OF ONE OF THE 


COMPANY ATTORNEYS, A 
THAT HI: 


STATED 


UAL, IS 


EXPECTED IN DENVER TOMORROW, NOVEMBER FIVE, AND 


HOME. 


IS GOING TO REQUEST THAT 


IS IN 



WITH ANOTHER OFFICIAL OF UAL, 


CALIFORNIA, AND 


$E SENT 


_|TOGETHER 

OF SAN FRANCISCO, 



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OF CAB OPERATIONS. IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT ANYTHING THAT 
IS DONE AT THE SCENE IS WITH THE AUTHORITY OF ONE OF 


THESE THREE MEN. 


IN PRESENCE OF 


DEFINITELY ASSURED THERE WOULD BE NO RECURRENCE OF AN 


INCIDENT SIMILAR TO THIS MISUNDERSTANDING. 


END AND ACK PLS 


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DOM. INTEL. DIVISl 






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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
U. $. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

COMMUNICATIONS SECTION 


NOVO I 


Mr. Tolson. 

vȣ 

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P|LMr. Harbo. 
^*Lmr. Mohr 


ALL INPOHMATIOW COT'JTAHTED mrn pmypp 

HEREIN IS imCLAfiStt-TlSD ^ . - XELETYFb 



SEATTLE 


11-9-55 




Mr. Parson; 
Mr. Rosen 



Mr. Tamm 

Mr. Sizoo_ 

Mr. Winterr0^91 
Tele. Room- 
Mr. Hollomaj 
Miss 


11-46 


AM PST 


*,IRECT0R, FBI AND SAC, DENVER m URGENT. 

'U Nhuht tychbiw£$ U&L Yfa ht. ' i MfC 
* ^C&UAi~~SASOTAGE. RE DENVER TEL TODAY. 

nrO^EA^T^fEPUBLICAN, SEATTLE, WASH., 



ONE FOUR FIVE 7 / 


CO., AND 


UNITED PACIFIC INSURANCE 


UAL, SEATTLE, WHO DESIRES IDENTITY RETAINED 


IN CONFIDENCE, TELEPHONED LAST NIGHT AND PROVIDED FOLLOWING INFORMATION 
REGARDING FAY ELLIS AMBROSE, AKA JACK AMBROSE, LI^ED IN RE TEL AS 
SENIOR TELEPHONE SALES AGENT FOR UAL WHO WAS KILLED IN INSTANT CRASH. 


SAld 


AMBROSE DURIN 


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PERIOD FROM 


THROUGH 


DESCRIBED AMBROSE AS HAVING BEEN ON ONE OCCASION VERY 


UP SET ABOUT NOT RECEIVING A PROMOTION AND AS BEING PRONE TO CRITICIZE 
HIS SUPERIORS BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT GET HIM BETTER PAYING POSITIONS. 

HE FURTHER DESCRIBED AMBROSE AS VERY EMOTIONAL BY TEMPERAMENT AND SAID 
THAT ON ONE OCCASION AMBROSE BROKE DOWN AND CRIED WHILE RELATION (* 
STORY ABOUT HIS FIRST WIFE LEAVING HIM WHEN AMBROSE WAS OVERSEAS DURING 
W. W. TWO. ACCORDING TO 


DURING LATTER PART NINETEEN FORTYNINE 


AMBROSE HAD TUMOR REMOVED FROM BRAIN. 


FURTHER ADVISED, THAT HE 



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AT UAL RELATIVE TO AMBROSE BEING 


KILLED IN INSTANT CRASH., 

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WHEN 


___|AMBROS£ AS A SENSITIVE, BROOD IN G 

TYPE OF INDIVIDUAL HE COULD VISUALIZE AMBROSE COMMITTING SUICIDE BY 

BLOWWljP THE PLANE IF HE HAD BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL IN SECURING THE 

PROMOTION HE ALLEGEDLY HAD GONE TO DENVER TO SECURE. INVESTIGATION BEING 

INITIATED HERE TO ASCERTAIN COMPLETE BACKGROUND RELATIVE TO AMBROSE 

AND TO DEVELOP INFORMATION AVAILABLE HERE REGARDING POSITION AMBROSE 

WAS SEEKING WITH UAL IN DENVER. DENVER OFFICE REQUESTED TO 

\ftoPSR 

DETERMINE FROM 49034 UAL OFFICIALS NATURE OF DISCUSSION WITH AMBROSE 
REGARDING NEW POSITION AND RESULTS THEREOF. SUGGEST LIKEWISE THAT ALL 
ATTEMPTS BE MADE TO DETERMINE AMBROSE-S ACTIVITIES WHILE IN DENVER 
IF RESULTS OF CONTACTS WITH UAL OFFICIALS INDICATE POSSIBILITY 
iAMBROSE MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN DEPRESSED OR SUICIDAL MOOD FOLLOWING 
iDISCUSSION THERE. BUREAU AND DENVER WILL BE KEPT ADVISED OF PERTINENT 
INFORMATION DEVELOPED HERE. 


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/ERAL BUREAU OF INVEST1GA' 1L ' 

/ED STATES DEPARTMENT OF J1 : ' -V 


To: COMMUNICATIONS SECTION. MSVMfeer 10, 1955 
Transmit the following message to SAC, Denver 

®b* cuW'piBp mms 
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MR, OMbHUSO 

mmamm 1 , 1955 

SABOTAGS 


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111! cc 


Belmont 

Boardman 

Nichols 

AIBTKL 


8t Bwnw tel U*4^5. Coda mu *Smi] > Mb R 
designated for this cium. V»« on all rimwti lUan except 
investigative reparta. Reports should carry eenplete tltla 
as sat forth caption this airtel. 

all HJPOIiKATIOIv _ 

HEREM IS UKCLAEJURIED . >. SJWfffi 

pATE «.// A/u ^.jr >'£-A fiftH t*Y+(&f '**f***~ 


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Boardman ___ 
Nichols M 
Belmont a# 
Harbo 

Mohr_ 

Parsons_ 

Rosen_ 

Tamm__ 

Sizoo__ 


cc - Albany 
ec - Albuquerque 
cc - Anchorage 
ec • Atlanta 
ec - BaItinera 
ec - Blraingfaam 
m - Boston 
m - Buffalo 
m - Butte 
a© - Charlotte 
«c - Chicago 
a* - Cincinnati 
eo - Cleveland 
m - Balias 
oc - Detroit 
ec - 11 Base 
«c - Saaelnin 
oc - Houston ^ 
ec - Indianapolis 
ec - Kansas City 
cc - Knoxville 
oc - Kittle Seek 
oc - Los Angelos 
-ec - Louisville 
n J8 » Menphis 
-cc - Miami 


NOVI ; 1355 

COMM -FBI 


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cc ~ Milvankee 

ce - Minneapolis 

cc - Mobile 

cc - Sevark 

cc - lav Bacon 

ce - lev Orleans 

as - lav lark 

ee - Serf elk 

oc - Qklabene City 

ce - fflWMhi 

ee - Philadelphia 

©a * ffeeemix 

ce * Pittsburgh 

ec - Portias 

ae « Bichnmft 

ae - Saint ’Kanin ** 

oc - Salt KalseJBitje ^ 

ec - San Antnnin s 

ee - San lies* - *> c_n 

cc - San Prsnotaar V ^ 

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ec * Savannah % a* 

cc - Seattle § cr 

cc - Springfield * ' 

ee - Washington, Plaid 


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Hoiioman — same caption, by PRB: 111 . 


Boardman dated 11 - 10-55 - 
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- Boardman 


THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 


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CRASH <F THK UNITED AIRLINES DC-6B 
FLIGHT 62# 

LONGMONT, COLORADO 

NOVEMBER* 1 1055 JXLBJFQRMATIOIT CONTAHJBD 

sAR«TAfi» * yj msBEm is mcL&ssmm 

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Tolson_ 

Boardman _ 

Nichols_ 

Belmont _ 

Harbo _ 

Mohr__ 

Parsons_ 

Rosen_ 

Tamm_ 

Sizoo_ 

Winterrowd 
Tele. Room 
Holloman J| 
Gandy_- 


Deference is mads t« my me m or andum datsd 
November 8 t 1955, advising that the FBI vas instituting 
an investigation of tha crash of a United Airlines DC-oB 
at Longmont, Colorado, an November 1, 1955, in which 
Mf parsons wore killed* 

look Gilbert Graham vas arrested at 5***2 «.a,, 
Eastern Standard Tine, this naming by Spaeial Agents 
of the Denver Gfflee act the FBI en the basis ef a 
signed s tat eaten t which he famished admitting that he 
had caused the explosion vhlah vraekad tha plana in 
ardar ta ealleet 957,500 insurance vhlth ha had 

S rehaeed en hie nether, Daisy king, a passenger en 
e plane* Graham admitted that he prepared a tin -■ 
bemb using 25 sticks ef dynamite which he placed in __ 
hie mother's luggage* - £ -*=- 


placad 


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The facts in this matter mere furnished, to _ 
United States Attorney Donald X* Kelley at DenverZ * 
Colorado. Mr* Kelley ateted that he veeld authoriae=? 
the filing ef a complaint under Beotian 2155> Title {£, 
United States Cods, ena af tha Sabotage statutes, * -~ 
He said that in all probability Graham vsnld eventually 
be turned ever to the State Of Colorado for prosecution 
for murder* 


A complaint will be filed before a United 
States Commissioner at Denver, Colorado, pursuant to 
the authorisation of Uhltod State# Attorney Killey this 
morning as soon as a Unitod States Commissioner is f 

.T«tUKU. recorded.72 rrc, /SoW-V-- 


2oc * Mr. William F* Roger* 
Deputy Attorney Genew 


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FBI, DENVER 


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JE0 ;. ' UMGAk>NE& 

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^DIRECTOR, FBI URGENT n 

CRASH OF-UNITED AIR LINES DC SIX B . FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE, 


11-7-55 

URGENT 


J 


LONGMONT, COLORADO, NOVEMBER ONE FIFTYFIVE, POSSIBLE SABOTAGE. 
REMYTEL NOVEMBER FOUR INSTANT. STATUS RE BUREAU INVESTIGATION 
REMAINS THE SAME. ALL PARTS OF WRECKED PUNE REMOVED TO UAL 
WAREHOUSE, DENVER, WHERE PLANE BEING RECONSTRUCTED FOR 
PURPOSES OF DETERMINING'NATURE OF EXPLOSION AND EXACT 
LOCATION. THOSE PARTS OF WHICH FBI LAB EXAMINATION CONTEMPLATED 
BEING UTILIZED IN RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT. ARRANGEMENTS BEING 
EFFECTED TO OBTAIN THESE PARTS FOR SHIPMENT TO FBI LAB WHEN 


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PURPOSE SERVED IN RECONSTRUCTION. 


ADVISES CHECK OF CARGO NEAR COMPLETION WILL ADVISE 



WHEN COMPLETED. TO DATE NO QUESTIONABLE CARGO. NO REQUEST 


TO DATE MADE FOR BUREAU INVESTIGATION. 


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STANDARD FORM NO. 64 


% , % - - 

Office Memorandum • united states government 


FROM 


SUBJECT: 


MR. TOLSON 


L. B. NICHO 


DATE: Nov. 10, 1955 



JhXJL INFORMATION 1 COMTAX M 




UNITED AIRLINES PLANE CRASH 


i'^' Tols T 

O Board marf 


Parsons C— 

Rosen- 

Tamm_ 

Sizoo- 

Tinterrowd _ 
Tele. Room . 


By reference from the Director’s office, I talked to tinterT^Tl 

George kiTcWilliams of the Denver Post who was calling from Denver. He Tele. Room 

referred to the United Airlines crash of November l. He stated that he 
fully realizes the necessity of closing down on information since the BureauA 
has entered the investigation to determine if there is any sabotage. He started — !— 
there are a lot of ridiculous things coming up and they were wondering if there c 
was any way whereby the Bureau in Washington could make any statement which— 7 ^ 
would clarify the matter. For example, he stated there was a ridiculous report \ 
out of Washington that two boxes of Cordite had been loaded on the plane, that 
yesterday there were widespread stories afoot in Denver that a piece of a bomb had 
been found;, however, this was rather effectively knocked down. 


I told McWilliams as he , of course, very well knew that we were 
[willing to help out in any possible way we could. However, since our investigation 
ahad just gotten under way a couple of days ago, there was nothing we could say until 
Ball the facts were developed and then we would have to be governed by the developments, 

McWilliams asked if there was anything we could say today and I 
told him there was nothing we could say other than what we had already stated, 
namely, that we had initiated an inquiry to determine if there was any evidence of 
violation of Federal laws within our primary jurisdiction. McWilliams inquired as 
to my name and title which I gave him. 


He then asked what procedure should they follow if something should 
come up. I told him they should check with the Denver office, that Webb Burke 
would be glad to help out in any way he could but that at the present time there was 
nothing Mr. Burke could say to help but just as the^rer^was ho thing we could say in v ’ 

Washington. tfO# RECORDED-!)® '!' :'J „* 

^ IMflTYrni *.11© 


McWilliams stated he thoroughly understood and that he fully 
realized our position but he did point out that some of the ridiculous stories which an& 
might be knocked down to the advantage of all concerned. I told him we would have to 
judge each one as it came up, but, basically speaking, until such time as our - 

investigation had been completed and there had been some affirmative development, 
there was nothing we could say. He again agreed this was ^understandable and properA 


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CC - Mr. Boardm^ 
Mr. Belmont 

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ERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
B STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE t 


cc - Bca rdman 
Belmont 


To: COMMUNICATIONS SECTION. 


Transmit the following massage-io* 

J J SAC ’ DIMTSE 

grass, dc dash six, plight six two nine, iobgmont, 

COLORADO, NOVEMBSK OKS F3FTYFIVE, SABOTAGE. BXURTKL NOVEMBER SEW 
FIFTTPIFE. INSTITUTE INVESTIGATION IMMEDIATELY. SIT OUT LEADS BY 
TELETYPE FOB PERTINENT OFFICES TO CONDUCT COMPLETE BACKGROUND 
INVESTIGATION ALL PERSONS ABOARD INSTANT PLANE WITH VIEW . TOWARD 
^ ESTABLISHING MOTIVE FOR HOMICIDE. FURNISH BUREAU COPT THIS TBLSTTPS 
^ AND ALSO NAMES OF DEXTER PASSENGERS IN ORDER THAT INVESTIGATION MAX 
ijj BE FOLLOW AT BUREAU. ATTEMPT TO DEFINITELY ESTABLISH NATURE OF 
H ALL MATERIAL XX CAMSO FIT NUMBER FOUR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. PURSUE 


NOVEMBER 8, 1955 


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OTEER INVESTIGATION SET FORTH TOUR TEL. ASSUME FULL CHARGE OF 
XVnSTI&ATIOI, MAKE CERTAIN YOU RECEIVE BENEFIT OF ANY ADDITIONAL 
XXQUIXT CONDUCTED BY CAB. THIS CASE MUST BE HANDLED AS SPECIAL, 

ALL PHASES GIVEN THOROUGH, IMMEDIATE AND CONTINUOUS ATTENTION, BURXAU 
KEPT ADVISED OF ANY SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS BY TELETYPE. ALL 
PERTINENT MATBRXAL FROM CARGO PIT NUMBER FOUR SHOULD BE OBTAINED 
AND FORWARDED TO LABORATORY IN EFFORT TO DEFINITELY DETERMINE TYPE 
OF SPLOSITB INVOLVED. SUGGEST, IF NOT ALREADY DONS, SA MC GEE 
THOROUGHLY EXAMINE CARGO PIT NUMBER FOUR IN A SIMILAR UNDAMAGED 
PLANE TO DEFINITELY DETERMINE WHETHER ANY POSSIBILITY OF FUEL LINK 
OR OTHER LEAN WHICH WOULD ALLOW GASOLINE OS FUMES TO COLLECT THIS PIT. 


t b^t=submit later than November 

Nichols_ .. . 

Belmont 0 . S. DEPARTMENT Of JUSIICf S KN W 

iff*.- COMMUNICATIONS SECFIOH TNTTlA iED^'‘ b ^ ‘ 58 /* 

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PEDERAL BUREAU OP INVESTIGATION. 
II TED STATES IEPARTMENT OF JUSTfl 


To: COMMUNICATIONS SECTIQ ^/55 


URGENT 


Transmi 


REPRESENTATIVE 


radiogram ssem: 


8. t^Cr^lsah,) ottana, Ontario, Canada i 

CRASH UNITES AIRLINES ~DC MSB SIX, TLX GMT SIX TWO MISS, LONGMONT, 

COLORADO, NOV EMBER O NE, FIFTYFIVE, SABOTAGE. BUREAU CONDUCTING COMPLETE 
INVESTIGATION THIS MATTES. INSTANT PUNE CRABBED NOVEMBER ONE, FIFTTFITB, 
AT LONGMONT, COLOMBO, AS A RES LT OF EXPLOSION WHICH OCCURRED IN MID BASE 
AIR FROM AN UNKNOWN EXPLOSIVE FORCE SUGGESTING POSSIBILITY OF SABOTAGE. 
ENTIRE PASSENGER LIST BEING CHECXET) TO DETERMINE IF MOTIVE FOR HOMICIDE 
EXISTS. CHECK SHOULD INCLUDE BUSINESS RELATIONS, MARITAL RELATIONS, 
INSURANCE POSSIBILITIES AND ANY CTREE LOGICAL IMQUISIES IN CONNECTION 
WITH BACKGROUND . PASSENGERS INCLUDED A MBS. ALMA WINDSOR, THIRTY OBI 
CAMPBELL A VENUE, ST. JQBNERASB S, NEWFOUNDLAND. REQUEST ROMP MAKE b7c 
IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION INTO BACKGROUND AND ACTIVITIES AS 


CC - DENVER (BY REGISTERED MAIL)^-^/f^L 


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To: COMMUNICATIONS'^ 


BUREAU OP INVESHGATI! 
TES DEPARTMENT OF JUS 


5ES 9, 1955 


sBe 


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Transmit the following message to SAC, LOS ANGELES 

CRASH, UNITED AIRLINES DC StX, FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE, LONGMONT, 
COLORADO, NOVEMBER ONE FIFTYFIVE, SABOTAGE. RB DENVER TEL 
NOVEMBER NINE FIFTYFIVE, COPT OF WHICH WAS SENT YOUR OFFICE BT 
MAIL, AND NSW TORE TEL NOVEMBER BIGHT F IFTTFIVA CAPTIONED 
QUOTE UNSUBS, INFORMATION REGARDING RECENT CRASHES OF TWO UNITED 
AIRLINES PLANES, SABOTAGE QNQUOTI* AS YOU ARE NOV AVARS, BUREAU 
CONDUCTING FULL INVESTIGATION CAPTIONED CABS. LOS ANGELES 


IMMEDIATELY INTKHVI 



ONE TWO THREE NINE AMHERST 


AVENUE, LOS ANGELES, FOR COMPLETE DETAILS OF INFORMATION WHICH 
AROUSED HIS SUSPICIONS IN CONNECTION WITH PREVIOUS INCIDENTS 
AFFECTING UNITED AIRLINES PLANES AND FOR ANY INFORMATION HE CAN 
FURNISH CONCERNING CAPTIONED CASE. FURNISH BUREAU AND DENVER 
TELETYPE SUMMARY PERTINENT INFORMATION 0BTAXS8D» 


PRBilll 

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MJL BTFOBMAYIOIT COOTASSBD 
HSKBIN IS UNCLASSIFIED , 


/WASH 11 FROM NEW YORK 


FcDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

CeiMCATIONS SECTION 


NOV 8 1955 

TELETYPE 



11-41 P 


DIRECTOR 


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URGENT 




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UNSUBS, INFORMATION REGARDING RECENT CRASHES O F TWO UNITED AIR LINES 

PLANES, SABOTAGE, ON NOVEMBER FIVE, FIFTYFIVe|_ \ f\ . I 

I eMPLOYED BY UNITED AIRLINES AT ' | 
THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, LOS ANGELES, TELEPHONICALLY ADVISED NYO 
HE RESIDES At | 

STATED THAT DURING THE LAST TWO MONTHS THERE HAVE BEEN TWO MAJOR 
AIRCRAFT CRASHES OF UAL PLANES, ONE OF WHICH OCCURRED ABOUT A 
WEEK AGO AND BOTH OF WHICH OCCURRED AFTER THE PLANES HAD LANDED 


jl AT DENVER, COLORADO, 


STATED THAT HE KNOWS OF TWO OTHER 


INCIDENTS INVOLVING UAL PLANES IN WHICH BOTH ALSO HAD LANDED AT 
DENVER AND SUBSEQUENTLY DEVELOPED SEVERE LANDING GEAR TROUBLE, 


CRASHES WERE AVERTED AND 



HAD OCCASION T 



j PLANES AT LA, IN HIS OPINION, A POSSIBILITY OF SABOTAGE EXISTS 

! • 

j AND HE EMPHASIZED THE FACT THAT IN EACH OF THE FOUR CASES THE PLANE 

jr HAD LANDED PREVIOUSLY AT DENVER, STATED CAA HAS NOT 

I I BEEN ADVISED OF THE INCIDENTS INVOLVING THE LANDING GEAR SINCE 
THEY DID NOT RESULT IN ACCIDENTS, HE FURTHER STATED HE HAS NOT 
^ DISCUSSED HIS SUSPICIONS RE SABOTAGE WITH CAA OR UAL, RE THE LATTER, 

V, - 

j ?i STATED HIS JOB WOULD BMNnvJEPPAEDY IF IT WERE KNOWN 

.; 1- • Kta^Wnr.-, a -9 A v t ■■ , 

HAD G0NE T0 THE FBI BECAUSE UAL W °ULD NO 'DOUBT TEEL' hE/ SHOULD b7c 

// SHI HAVE CONSULTED WITH THEM FIRST, THEREFORE, HE WISHES HIS IDENTITY b7D 

Ml 13 • ' 

TO REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL EVEN WITH CAA IF IT IS NECESSARY TO REFER 

s., VN./' _ __ * 

\ THE MATTER THERE, STATED HE WILL CONTACT THE FBI IN LA \ 

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STATED HE WILL CONTACT THE FBI IN LA 










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SHORTLY AFTER HIS RETURN ON OR ABOUT NOVEMBER EIGHT, FIFTYFIVE, 

BUT BEFORE HE DOES SO HE WILL COLLECT ALL DATA, INCLUDING THE 
NUMBERS OF THE FLIGHTS DURING WHICH THE GEAR TROUBLE DEVELOPED AND 
; TECHNICAL DATA BEARING ON THE POSSIBILITY THE TROUBLE MAY HAVE BEEN 

S' ' • 

I THE RESULT OF SABOTAGE AND NOT MERELY ROUTINE MECHANICAL FAILURE. 

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_PASSING THROUGH NYC ON VACATION AT TIME COMPLAINT RECEIV__. 

THE ABOVE IS FOR THE INFO OF THE BUREAU, LA AND DENVER, NO FURTHER 
ACTION BY NYO, 

KELLY 

DENVER AND LA ADVISED 
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STANDARD FORM NO. 04 


Office Memorandum • united states government 


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TO S MR. A. H. BELMONT 

from » MR. J. A. SIZO 


SUBJECT: 



dates November 10, 
1955 

cc Mr. Belmont 
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Tols 

dman 
_ Jchols 
BfWont 
Harbo 
Mohr _ 




CRASH, UNITED AIR LINES DC-6 
FLIGHT 629, LONGMONT, COLORADO, 11-1-55 
SABOTAGE , 



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Sizoo_ 

Vinterrowd _ 
Tele. Room . 
Holloman . 
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With r eference to your memorandum of today's date concern¬ 
ing the reward circular which United Air Lines (UAL) desires to re¬ 
lease and in accordance with the Director's approval, I called A SAG. 
Moore at D enver at 4:50 PM and advised him that he should inf or mi 
\hat the question as to whether such a circular should be 
up to the United Air Lines and that we have no suggestions 

we are neither at 


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to offer as to the wording of the circular as 
ing nor disapproving it, 

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ASAC Moore said he would so advise 


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He further \ 

stated that subsequent to his earlier call : Eo~you^~mThor changes 
were made by the United Air Lines officials in the proposed circu- J 
lar. These changes are - 

(a) In Paragraph 1, line 1, the words "now being 

conducted" are being deleted, ,j 

(b) In Paragraph 2, line 2, the words "evidence 
that will lead" are being replaced by the 
words "information leading". 

(c) In ParaGraph 2, line 3, the words "who caused 
or were" are being deleted, 

Moore advised that since the Bureau was interposing no objection, he 
presumed the circular would be released in accordance with the above 
wording. 


mi® 

This is for information, 

JASitd 

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CFAMBMtO fOVtM NO. 64 


Office Memorandum • united states government 



MR. L. V. BOARDMAN 


FROM 


SUBJBCT: 



datb: November 

ALL WFOBMATION COT-TTAUSED * 955 

UKCLABSIFiSD ... . rx 

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tW^ To,s ° n 

20, 


HERSm 


FLIGHT 


SABOTAGE 


UNITED AIR 
629, 


LINES DC-6 



Winterrowd _ 
Tele. Room _ 
Homan . 


tndan 


Jll/lO) 
_ of Unit 



ASAC Roy Moore 

to advise that ._ 

United Air Linens. OjmlJ-. _ had agj-Lad thelMenver 

Office, at the request _._I of UAL, 

to advisek that UAL is contemplating a circular offering a 
$25,000*00 reward to anyone reporting information leading to 
the arrest and conviction ,nf thnse responsible for the explosi 

United 


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that 

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on 

Air 


Bureau’s activities 


I 


in the plane* Moore said |_| is anxious 

Lines do nothing that would interfere with the 
in this matters consequently, he is going to call back in an hour 
to see if the Bureau desires any changes in the form of the circular 
or has any comment to make* 

The proposed circular reads as follows: 

”Investigation now being conducted with regard to the explcs ion 
occurring aboard the aircraft on United Air Lines Flight 629 
on November 1, 1955, near Longmorifc, Colorado, indicates that 
the explosive was completely foreign to the aircraft or to 
operations in the Air Line itself* 

’’United Air Lines, Inc* offers a total reward of $25,000*00 for 
evidence that will lead to the arrest and conviction of any 
person or persons who caused or were responsible for the 
explosion occurring the the aircraft on United Air Lines 
Flight 629 on November 1, 1955, near Longmont, Colorado* 

’’Such evidence should be, submitted to the nearest office of 
the Federal Bureau of Investi gation or United Air Lines, Inc*, 
or the nearest law enforcement agency* 


’’gated this 10th day of November, 1955. 

N, . 

/ " ’’United Air Lines, Inc* ^ /£ 

A# „ RECORDED - SB o W 

^ \ / \ By _ President” 

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cc--Mr. Boar dm an 

cc— Mr* Ni.cho? 


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S© NOV 15 


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Memo to Boardman from Belmont 


I told ASAG Moore our position probably would be 
that it is entirely up to the United Air Lines whether they 
put out a circular or not, and the Bureau will neither 
approve nor disapprove of it; however, I told Moore I wanted 
to check on the publicity aspects and, therefore, would call 
him back shortly • 


Moore said thai\ fan was parti cularly concerned 

whether he should have the phrase n or the nearest law 
enforcement agency n in the circular or whether the Bureau 
would prefer that the reporting of information be restricted 
to the FBI and United Air Lines • 

RECOMMENDATION : 

Mr • Nic hgJji and I agr ee that ASAG Moore should be 

that the gxj^sti^jj as to whefjhg r 


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advised to inform 
sucha circular sjiouTE Pe put out is entirely up to the Vgited 
iir Lines and tftat we ^^^nA^^££e^^Qns tproffer as to the. 
wor^Tng^df^t l^ cir^uMEI—hi ^Zare^^Tth er~ = ^pfrovTng ttnor 
"ctisapproutng it» . . ™ ~ ——. 


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If you agree, Moore will be so advised telephonicolly*, 



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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
II. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

0OMMUNICATIONS SECTION 
NOV 1 0 1955 
I^EUSBXPE 







I, PITTSBURGH 


11-10-55 




6-46 PM EDST GL 


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Ur. Boson- 

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Ur. ynalbeao wd- 


DIRECTOR, FBI, AND SAAC, WASHINGTON FIELD 


£XPj-GS/d/i/ (j# ££&§& OP 

^CRUAlfi^REDNTEL NOVEMBER EIGHT LAST* PASSENGER! 


URGNXX URGENT 


'OX**' 

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DATING FROM 


NINETEEN FIFTY TO EARLY FIFTYFOUR. APPROXIMATELY MARCH 


NINETEEN FIFTYFOUI 


BY A 



SOMEWHERE CALIF* 

TALKED TC_ 

SIX WEEKS AGO AND 


T GEORGE WASHINGTON U. HOSPITAL, WASHINGTON, 


REPORTEDLY RETIRED AND PRESENTLY RESIDING 

_ADVISES HE 

WHO WAS ALSO VICTIM OF INSTANT CRASH, 


WAS ELATED OVER WIFE-S CONDITION WHICH 


DESCRIBED AS BEING NORMAL SINCE OPERATION. RECORDS, 


ST. FRANCIS HOSPITAL, DISCLOSE THAT 


FURHISHED 


INFO IN NINETEEN FIFTY TO THE EFFECT THAT IN JULY, NINETEEN 


WITH HER 


FI FTYj|_|w 

PARISH PRIEST. THIS PRIEST NOW DECEASED. tyJ^vREVIEW. RECORDS 
GWU HOSPITAL FOR INFO RE 

TIME OF OPERATION. ALSO ASCERTAIN TiraiiK 


IN-CALIF. AND SET OUT LEAD TO HAVE HIM INTERVIEWED 


END PAGE ONr 
1*. Bel^nF 


£?jC7 181955 


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RE|_|AS WELL AS DETAILS AS 

TO TYPE OF OPERATION AND DEGREE OF SUCCESS WHICH COULD 

BE EXPECTED FROM OPERATION* INVESTIGATION PG DISCLOSES 
-1 QL 

_ ENJOYED FAVORAfE REPUTATION, PARENTS 

OF THREE SONS, AGES SIX TO ELEVEN, WERE A DEVOTED FAMILY* 



APPROXIMATELY 

CONTINUING* 


SHANKLIN 

CORR LINE 4 PG 2 WD 6 SD BE "FAVORABLE* 


6-52 PM OK FBI WA WS 


CC! MR. be 

andI - 

DOJ&kx 


HAGAN CORP*, PG. ANNUAL SALARY 


NVESTICATION 










COITTAISS® 




FEDERAL BUREAU OF lAIVESTIGATIOI^ 
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

COMMUNIG ATlONSyKCTION 

li 1955 


TELETYPE 


11-11-55 S-20 PM RPN (ESSt 

/ 'v. C K^nir-ZiPt&J ) Tele. Room 

yDIRECim^-pgtrTrNt) SACS, DENVER, NEW YORK URGENT | Mr. Hollomf 
LINS Uh X<P/{>St c/O Gfcns k O Y « fl k pi ^rVTt, ll-3-fy SAbo Mo«_. I Kiss Gandy 

89MM». RE DN TEL OF ELEVEN TEN AND TWO NY TELS OF ELEVEN- 


• r-. dz& f' .J/fe- Tol3on__ 

fffiry 1* * Mr. BoardmaitL 
v I Mr. Nmhjltf— 
| Mr. ririrmtUr 1 

I Mr. 

Mr. Mohr__ 

Mr. Parsons_. 

Mr. Rosen_ 

Mr. Tamm_ 

Mr. Sizoo_„_ 

- Mr. Wintenwd- 

J Tele. Room__ 

URGENT j Mr. Holloman__ 



ELEVEN* PERSONNEL WHO SERVICED INSTANT AIRCRAFT AT MIDWAY AIRPORT /U, 
CG, INTERVIEWED AND NO PERTINENT INF O DEVELOPED# BACKGROUND Gk V ‘ V \f 

INVESTIGATIONS BEING CONDUCTED ON VICTIMS JUNGELS AND |_ 

AND TO DATE NO PERTINENT INFO DEVELOPED, CG ATTEMPTING ' 

OBTAIN DETAILED INFO RE MAIL, FREIGHT, AND EXPRESS. INFO RE TRIP 
INSURANCE ISSUED BY CONTINENTAL CASUALTY CO, CG., ON VICTIMS BEING 
OBTAINED AND WILL BE FURNISHED TO APPROPRIATE OFFICES. INSURANCE 
ISSUED BY ASSOC IATED AVIATION UNDERWRITERS, NINETY JOHN ST., NYC, 

HELD BY VICTIMS 

AND POSSIBLY OTHERS. NY CONTACT ABOVE COMPANY AND FURNISH INFO 
OBTAINED TO APPROPRIATE OFFICES. CG OBTAINED LIST OF CG TO DN 
PASSENGERS - THIRTYTWO- FROM UAL, CG, CONTAINING DATA AS TO 
WHERE THEY CAN BE REACHED AND WILL FURNISH TO OTHER OFFICES FOR 
INTERVIEW PURPOSES, RE NY TEL INSTRUCTING CG AND OTHER OFFICES TO 
INTERVIEW NY TO CG PASSENGERS. DN ADVISE IF UAL IN NY WAS INSTRUCTED 
tBY UAL IN DN TO CONDUCT CHECK THROUGH CONNECTING AIRLINES ETC. FOR 
CONTACT DATA RE PASSENGERS AS WAS DONE BY UAL IN CG. 


KtCURDED - Si 


, HO£TETTER 


END ACK IN 0 PLS 


WA- 10-26 PM OK FBI WA MES 
DN OK FBI DN WWW 

V *&" 7vy dom1 ™=- 

NY OKFBI NY MAP,---, 

I Mr. Belmont ! 


*« NOV 15 1955 








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■ALL BTFOBMATIOJ? COI'TTAINED 
HEREIN IS VNCXASStSTBD 


FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVMTIOATtON 
u. s DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

COMMUNICATIONS SECTION 

NOV 

TELETYPE 

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Mr. T 
Mr. 

Mr. 

Mr. 

,Mr. Hlfyo-_-» 

Mr. lE—Z 
Mr. .IMsog&l,—. 

Mr. Rolen__ 

Mr. Tamm_ 

Mr. Sizoo- 

Mr. WinterrowdL 

Tele. Room_ 

Mr. Holloman_ 

Mias Gandy_ 


i1-9-55 


TBI, LOS ANGELES 11-9 

DIRECTOR, FBI AND SAC, DENVER 


10-13 PM 


URGENT 

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f ' uAjtSA:8^ i_ _r 

CRASH^iJNITED AIR-LINES DC SIX, FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE, LONGMONT, dbl O., 

NOV. ONE LAST. SABOTAGE. REURTEL THIS DATE. ^ EM “$ 1 

| UAL, SINCE > AD¬ 

VISED RODE TWO AIRCRAFTS IN DECEMBER, FIFTYFOUR WHICH TOUCHED AT DENVER, 
HAD LANDING GEAR DAMAGED. A DC SIX, NO MODEL LETTER, POSSIBLY FLIGHT 
SIX ONE ONE, ARRIVING LA ABOUT OCT. TEN LAST HAD STARBOARD UPLATCH BROKEN| 
AND^INKAGE ON DOOR TO STARBOARD WHEEL DAMAGED. IT WAS BELIEF OF MECH¬ 
ANICS" AT*?TIME THAT A ROCK PROBABLY HIT THE LATCH. THE LANDING GEAR 
WAS HELD BY HYDRAULIC PRESSURE AND A NORMAL LANDING WAS MADE. THIS 
AIRCRAFT STOPPED AT DENVER. ANOTHER DC SIX, NO MODEL LETTER, POSSIBLY 
FLIGHT SIX THREE EIGHT, ON OCT. TWELVEE LAST WHEN EN ROUTE FROM LA TO 
CG TOUCHED DENVER. WHEN LANDING AT CG THE PJLOT DID NOT SEE THE GREEN 
LIGHT INDICATING -HIS LANDING GEAR WAS DOWN. HE SAW A CABLE HANGING 
FROM THE STARBOARD NACELLE AND CALLED THE TOWER. MECHANICS IN ANOTHER 
AIRCRAFT AND AT THE CG AIRPORT LOOKED OVER tHE TROUBLE. XHE GEAR , 

RECORD®-II c l ^ ■ ■ ' 

HELD AND A SUCCESSFUL LANDING WAS MADE. NO^DAMAGE OCCURRED EITHER 
AIRCRAFT BY REASON OF THE INJ.URED LANDING GEAR. HAS NO REASON 

TO BELIEVE THE DAMAGE IN EITHER CASE WAS DELIBERATELY DONE AND CANNOT: 


yjbfujfibjitnr'ftc 

AIRCRAFT BY REASON OF THE INJURED LANDING GEAR. 


RECALL THE EXACT DATE OR AIRCRAFT NUMBERS*' THE WORK SHEET 
END PAcNOital.8 „ .. 


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AT UAL MAY NOW BE IN SF. HOWEVER , INTERVIEWS WILL BE MADE OF UAL PER¬ 


SONNEL TOMMORROW. 



NSISTS HIS NAME BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL. 


BUREAU AND DENVER WILL BE ADVISED OF RESULTS OF CHECK AT UAL. HAS 


NO INFO RE CAPTIONED CASE. 


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eOMiCATIONS SECpOH 

nov i tym 

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Mr. Parsons- 
Mr. Boses?..— 
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■BI, OMAHA 11-11-55 3-A5 

DIRECTOR, FBI AND SAC DENVER 


PM CST RHDJ 
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CRASH'UN44mjyraNES, DC DASH SIX, FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE LONGMONT, 

COLO. ELEVEN ONE FIFTYFIVE, SABOTAGE. RENYTEL NOV. ELEVEN. MR AND 
MRS PAUL BEER, TWENTYEIGHT TWENTYEIGHT GRAND AVE., DES MOINES, INTER¬ 
VIEWED TODAY. HE IS CHAIRMAN OF BOARD, FLYNN DAIRY, AND RESIDENT OF 
DES MOINES SINCE NINETEEN NAUGHT SIX. HE IS EIGHTYTWO AND SHE SIXTY- 
EIGHT YRS, OF AGE. THEY WERE RETURNING TO DES MOINES FROM TWO MONTH 
TOUR OF EUROPE. THEIR DESTINATION WAS DE^S MOINES AND ONLY CHANGE IN 
PLANS CONSISTED OF DEPARTURE FROM NYC ON TUESDAY, NOV. ONE, RATHER THAN 
MONDAY, OCT. THIRTYONE. THIS CHANGE NECESSITATED BECAUSE THEY HELD 
FAMILY TYPE TICKET GOOD ONLY ON TUESDAY. NO PLANNED OR UNPLANNED STOP- 

J 

OVER EXCEPT TO CHANGE PLANES IN CG. LUGGAGE CONSISTED OF SEVEN PIECES, 
FOUR OF WHICH CHECKED THROUGH FROM NYC TO DES MOINES AND OTHER THREE 
CARRIED WITH THEM ON PLANE, ALL CONTAINING PERSONAL EFFECTS AND 
TRINKETS OBTAINED IN EUROPE. ALL BAGGAGE REC-D UPON THEIR ARRIVAL IN 
DES MOINES. BOTH STATE THEY OBSERVED NOTHING SUSPICIOUS AT ANYTIME 


PRIOR TO OR DURING FLIGHT. 










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NYC TO CG. STATED THEY HAD PREVIOUSLY TRAVELED VIA PLANE AND TRAIN 
FROM OM TO NYC, LEAVING OM VIA BU RLINGTON RR ON SEPT. 20, FIFTYFIVE. 
THEY WENT TO NYC FOR A VISIT WITH 


WHO IS THEIR MARRIED 
THAT HE IS PRESENTLY RETIRED DUE TO A 


ADVISED 


AND THAT HE 


FORMERLY 



RESTAURANT AND FANCY FOOD BUSINESS IN OM. THEY 


HAD TWO PIECES OF LUGGAGE, ONE A SUITCASE AND THE OTHER A PKG ABOUT 

hlC 

THE SIZE OF THREE SUIT CASE BOXES WHICH WAS WRAPPED IN BROWN PAPER. 

THE LATTER PKG CONTAINED ARTICLES OF CLOTHING PURCHASED WHILE IN NYC AND 
THE FORMER CONTAINED PERSONAL CLOTHING WHICH THEY TOOK WITH THEM FOR 
THIEIR VISIT. BOTH PIECES WERE CHECKED THRU TO CG AND WERE TAKEN BY 
THE | | WHEN THEY LEFT THE PLANE AT THE CG AIRPORT. THEY PRO¬ 

CEEDED ON TO OM VIA BURLINGTON RR ON THE SAME DAY. THEY BOTH ADVISED 
THAT THEY HAD NOT NOTICED ANY UNUSUAL OR SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES OR 
PASSENGERS BEFORE OR DURING THE FLIGHT TO CG. THEY INFORMED THAT THEY 
TRAVELED ON THIS FLIGHT BECAUSE THERE WAS A SPECIAL RATE FROM NYC TO 


THORNTON 

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Mr. £»izco_- 

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DIRECTOR AND SAC-S CHICAGO, BOSTON* NEWARK, NEW HAVEN, OMAHA, AND 
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EIGHTJ 


__TWENTY S E VE N AND 

INVESTIGATION INDICATES PRESENTLY AT 

_‘WENTY FIVE AND SIX, 

500KED BY CGO ON OCT TWENTY FIVE LAST, SHOWN AS 



ARRIVAL IN NYC BY TRAIN. THIRTY TWO,|_| PASSENGER 

ADDED TO MANIFEST AT AIRPORT HELD CONTINUING RESERVATION TO 

FROM CGO ON MIDWAY AIRLINES FLIGHT THREE TWO DASH ONE BOOKED 



BY AGENT THREE SIX TWO ON NOV. ONE LAST. THIRTY THREE AND FOUR 




ADDED AT NYC AT LAST MINUTE, RECEIVED ORIGINAL REQUEST 
FOR SPACE THROUGH UAL CGO PER REQUEST BY NORTH CENTRAL AIRLINES. 


FORTY FOUf 


RESIDENCE PHONE 


IN NJ -HELD RETURN SPACE TO 


ALSO ON NYC TO 


DENVER ONE 



LAST MINUTE PASSENGER ADDED AT AIRPORT, 


NO IDENTIFYING INFO EXCEPT POSSIBLY IN TICKET FILE IN DENVER OR 
RECOVERED FROM PLANE. OFFICES INTERVIEW PASSENGERS AS INDICATED, 

NEW HAVEN ONE, TWO, TWENTY THREE AND TWENTY FOUR BOSTON TEN ELEVEN 
AND TWELVE CGO SEVEN, EIGHT. THIRTEEN, FOURTEEN, TWENTY FIVE, TWENTY 
SIX, THIRTY TWO, THIRTY THREE, AND THIRTY FOUR NEWARK FO$RTY FOUR 
OMAHA FOUR, FIVE, TWENTY SEVEN ADN TWENTY EIGHT SPRINGFIELD FIFTEEN. 
INQUIRY REQUESTED AT DENVER RE STEVENSON. INTERVIEW RE OCCUPATION, 
PURPOSE OF TRIP, DESTINATION, NUMBER AND CONTENT OF LUGGAGE, ANY 
PLANNED OR UNPLANNED STOPOVER WITH EMPHASIS RE ANY BAGGAGE FORWARDED 
BEYOND STOPOVER ON FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE WITH PARTICULAR VIEW TO DEVELOP 
MENT OF ANY SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES OBSERVED PRIOR OR EN ROUTE OR 
POSSIBLE MOTIVES FOR SABOTAGE. DENVER ORIGIN. 


KELLY 


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WOULD LIKE TO HAVE PAGE TWO LINE ELEVEN PHONE NUMBER REPEATED 
PLS , 

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OM OK FBI OM RLE 

SIV SI M BS OPR BS OPR V 


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STANOMO FORM NO. 84 


Office Memoranda 


MR. A.. H. BELMONT 


'MR. F. J. baumgm&n: 


SUBJECT 


4 


UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 


dates November 14, 

1955 


JACK GILBERT GRAHAM, was/' % ' s. 

SABOTAGE l ^ 


_ At 10:00 a.m ., 11-14-55, ABAC Fletcher called 

from Washington Field to ascertain 
ii mat uiiiue cuum d iscontinue the investigation being 
conducted in this case in view of-the identification of 
the subject at Denver. He was advised that they could do 
so, with the exception of leads regarding subject Graham. 

ACTION! 

None. For your information. 

GWH: 111 
cc - Belmont 

Baumgard ner It 


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Tottofi_ 

Board man _ 

Nichols_ 

Belmont_ 

Barbo _ 

Mohr_ 

Parsons_ 

Rosen_ 

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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
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To: COMMUNICATIONS SECTION. 


Transmit the following message to: 


NOVEMBER 9, 1955 


SAC, HEN YORK 

CRASH, UNITED AIRLINES DC SIX, FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE, LONGMONT, 

^iinuw;, November one fiftyfive, sabotage.; butter til to 


WMmmOR AND 


OFFICES NOVEMBER NINE FIF TYF I V E SETS OUT 




LEAD FOR JHOf TOM AND MEN YORE HOT INDICATE® AS OHS OF OFFICES 
/"X ■ " ..... 

/ \ RECEIVING INSTANT TELETYPE. FOR INFORMATION NEW YORK, BUREAU 

/ -43 ■" I'-"::' V . ' •• '"•b' V . ' ' - . . . . ' 

'vo : wimmn investigation this gram, flight six two 

; NIN^MIGINATSB NEW YORK TWELVE NOON NOVMBSR ONE LAST, 

; x: \ . ■ 

^ DESTINATION SEATTLE. PLANE TOOX CfF AT DENVER SIX FIFTYTWQ P.M., 

1 ‘ / AMD EXPLODED IX MID DASH AIR NEAR LONGMONT, COLORADO, SEVEN 

w: 

i NAUGHT THREE P.X, *© CQMMUNI CATION WITH Fill® PRIOR TO EXPIOSIOH. 
^ CAB INQUIRY REACK3B CONCLUSION, CONCURRED IN BY FBI LABORATORY 

$ EXAMINER, EXPLOSION OCCURRED IN PIT NUMBER FOUR OF CARGO SPACE 

if WHICH IS IMMEDIATELY BELOW EXTRA MX DOOR EXTENDING TWENTY FEET 


TOWARD AFT PORTION OF PLANE. EXPLOSION 


AS MOM SEVERE 


THAN COULD HAVE BEEN CAUSED BI GASOLINE GR^AN* S>tSbr POTENTIAL 


EXPLOSIVE NORMALLY 


PERSONNEL HANDLING PLANE AND CARGO AT NEW 


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CONCERNING CARGO , WHBTI 
PLANE AND ANY INFO ANY 


% m York immrpgi airlines 

AND CARGO AT NSW Y&M FOR INFORMATION 
t ANY UNAUTHORIZED PERSSNS^AD ACCESS TO 


PLANE AND ANY INFO ANY PERSONNEL MAY HAVE. NOTED 

REGARDED- 45 ** Q 

CONDITION OF CARGO SPACE IN QUESTION. DENVER 0 


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rouon _ IMMEDIATELY. ADVISE BUR1M/AND DENVER OF , 

Boardimn_*. jjt 

Nichols - _ J . 

Bcimoot —_BY TELETYPE OR AXRTSL. SURE? BY NOVEMBER 

Htfbo __ rmmm 

Mohr —- FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION j 

Pvsons __ U. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE . , , ’ . ft L 

w —2 cc 

STS^rMBRlll unif Q ioce* COPIES DESTROYED >TV 


TED CONCERNING 
& OR IGIN. HANDLE 

SNTY TWONg XT. 

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/ HOOVER 


jPRillll NOV 9 1955 

Hollo™ _(5) ,wv y iino 28 4 MAR 

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MAR 1 1961 





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t© New York 


|P®E SAC, DENVER* 

Yoiar tel 11-9-55 contained lead 
not indicated as sent to New York. Appro 
should he made in folders of responsible' 


lew York but 
;e error notation 


Denver t el 11-9 -55 retail 
4|i&iti©nal action. \ - 

felephonically advised at TTOCF P .m.7 
teletype not received by New Y or . 


:706. f or ' 

\ New York, b7C 

>7 that instant 











S SSlfeDERAL BUREAU OP INVESHCAl^^^B 
.H5jSg?iBD STATES EEPARTMENT OP JlMHflii 

■I W ^.K;:"-''" 

To : COMMUNICATiOiS^lCTION. NOVEMBER 10, 1955 

Tpeeg8iB9^%he^f^j^wajag. message todSAO, DENVER 


. . ,3C - Mr. Bibler, 


URGENT 


crash uh; 


C rood Is 

!?ED AirnierDC SIX, FLIGHT SIX TWO SIMS, LONGMONT, 


COLORADO, NOW ONE, NINETEEN FIFTX^fyi, SABOTAGE. REDETEt , 

, 1 . ' ' , 

NO?. NINE LAST. SUGGEST!^ SE CODE NAME BEING CONSIDERED 

AND YOU WILL BE ADVISED. PRESS REPORTS ON CASE REFLECT 

---1 ' t 

_: AS STATING SOME OF MAIL 

CARRIED BY INSTANT PLANE IN FRAGMENTS, CONSIDER POSSIBILITY 
OF EXPLOSIVE DEVICE BEING SHIPPED if AIR MAIjfe AND CONTACT 
POSTAL INSPECTOR IMMEDIATELY RELATIVE TO POSSIBLE IDENTIFICATION 
OF AIR MAIL PACKAGES, CONDUCT ALL NECESSARY INVESTIGATION 


CONCERNING THIS POSSIBILITY. 


HOOVER 


NOTE ON YELLOW: Denver tel 11/9 suggested Code name "Cmal’ 1 for this 

case. Memo being submitted. . 


PRBtlfJ 

<3) « 


RECORDED-49 


(3 NOV 151955j j 

f£ «c£ 


Tolsoo_ 

Boardman_ 

Nichols_ 

Belmont ‘ 

Harbo_ 

Mohr __ l 

Parsons __ 

Rosen _ 

Tamm_ 

Sizoo__ 

Vinterrowd_ 

Tele, Room __ 

Holloman_ 

Gandy _ 


ATI, INFORMATION contained 


FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

COMMUNICATIONS SECTION 



NOV-iO 1955 


COPIES DESTROYED 
^^^84 MAR 1 1961 


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recovered, three hundklu 

recovered, exact number of mail sacks recovered undetermined 

AS YET. THIS INFORMATION WILL BE SUPPLIED. ONE HUNDRED 
SIXTYONE POUNDS OF MAIL LEFT TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR, HOWEVER, 

MAY BE ERROR IN NUMBER OF POUNDS ABOARD. CLOSE LIASON HAS 
been AND IS BEING MAINTAINED WITH P. o. INSPECTOR. SOME MAIL 
AND ONE MAIL BAG IN FBI LAB. NEW YORK CITY AND CHICAGO 
SHOULD DEFINITELY DETERMINE NUMBER OF BAGS OF MAIL BOARDED 
AND UNLOADED PRIOR TO ARRIVAL OF PLANE IN DENVER, AND IF 
POSSIBLE LOCATION IN PLANE. UAL OFFICIALS 


b7C 


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, Mr. 


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WITH FLIGHTT ENGINEERS INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION PRIOR TO ITS 
STRIKE OF UAL ON OCTOBER TWENTYTHREE LAST, WERE WITHOUT 
INCIDENT AND KNOW OF NOTHING INDICATING POSSIBLE CONNECTION 
WITH INSTANT CASE. PICKETING HAS BEEN ORDERLY, SOME 
ANONYMOUS THREATENING PHONE CALLS RECEIVED BY SOME OF PILOTS 

! 

NOW SERVING AS FLIGHT ENGINEERS AND THEIR WIVES. ADDRESSES OF FORTY 
PASSENGERS AND CREW DEPLANING AT DENVER BEING OBTAINED AND CONTACT ORDER 
ED. INVESTIGATIO N RE JACK GRAHAM. SON OF DENVER PASSENGER, 

DAISIE KING, REFLECTS PLACED ON FIVE YEARS PROBATION NOVEMBER 
TWENTYTHREE, FIFTYONE, FOR FORGERY AND PROBATION RECORD GOOD. 

RESTITUTION MADE AT RATE OF FORTYDOLLARS PER MONTH, NOW OWES 
ONE HUNDRED FIVE DOLLARS, UAL -OFFERING TWENTYFIVE THOUSAND 
DOLLARS REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO ARREST AND 
CONVICTION OF PERSON OR PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR EXPLOSION. 

MOCKUP OF PLANE PROVES BEYOND DOUBT, ACCORDING TO UAL AND 
DOUGLAS ENGINEERS, THAT EXPLOSION OCCURRED BELOW PASSENGER 

✓ 

ENTRANCE DOOR AND VICINITY OF PIT NUMBER FOUR BAGGAGE DOOR, 

WHICH IS LOCATED BELOW AND OPPOSITE SIDE OF PLANE FROM 
PASSENGER ENTRANCE, THIS WAS BASED UPON FACT SOME OF FLOOR 
PLATES, A PORTION OF CROSS SECTION BEAM, AND STRINGERS MISSING 
THIS AREA. OTHER PORTIONS OF PLANE LOCATED WERE READILY 
IDENTIFIABLE, ALTITUDE FIXED AT TIME OF FIRST EXPLOSION BY 
CAB AT TEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FEET MEAN SEA LEVEL, AND 
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FIVE THOUSAND FEET ABOVE GROUND, REVIEW OF STATEMENTS OF 
THIRTYEIGHT EYE WITNESSES OF TWO HUNDRED PERSONS INTERVIEWED 
BY FOUR TEAMS OF UAL AND CAB REPRESENTATIVES, REFLECTS 
PLANE FIRST EXPLODED IN AIR, AFLARE WAS IGNITED AND FLOATED 
FOR APPROXIMATELY THREE MINUTES WHILE PLANE FELL TO GROUND 
CAUSING SECOND EXPLOSION. 

BURKE 

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9-42 PM OK FBI WA RD 
NY OK FBI NY FJM 
CG OK FBI CG RPN 
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Office Memorandum • united states government 

TO : MR. L. V. BOARDMAN DATB:Wovember 

y - 195 ^fe 

from ‘MR. A. H. BEI^dW n 

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TO t MR. L. V. BOARDMAN 


f Harbo_ 

FROM ‘MR. A. H. BEIMn^ /■) Pat o ;r^- 

Rosen_ 

£ f J Tamm - _ 

subject: CRASH, IMITEB'^AIRLINES DC— 6 Winterrowd_ I 

Plight 629 s-r'-r-*— -„„ — 

Longmont, Colorado f 6 j „ | N , Gandy / I 

November 1, 1955 \ $&-p? 

SABOTAGE 

Denver is office of origin in this case. Denver teletype 11-9-55 
suggests that for economy reasons £jode._name ”Crual" be adopted for this case. 
This case will have widespread ramifications 'TTHce it will involve 
investigations as to all the deceased passengers and crew members as 
well as checking on cargo, mail, baggage, et cetera, shipped from various 
points and there will be many leads developing from time to time which 
should be set out expeditiously and will require teletypes, airtels, 
and memoranda, interoffice, from offices to the Bureau and from Bureau to 
field offices. Present title requires two complete lines on a teletype. j 
lit is believed that a, code name should be adopted in the interest of 
leconomy to be used oh all communications except investigative reports, J 

which should be disseminated under the proper caption. It is believed ■ 

the title suggested by the Denver Office would be improved by adding the ■ 

letters "sab” in order to indicate that this is a sabotage case. The I 

code name would then be " Crualsab ." * all wfowmxioti contained I 

. HEREIN IS UNCLASSIFIED ■ 




RECOMMENDATIONS 


JEIN IS UNCIASSiFUi.u / 


1. If you approve the attached airtel will be sent to Denver, 
copies'to all offices, advising them of the code name this case. 


■so: 


2. This memorandum should be routed,to the Records Section in 
•order that they will be aware of the code name used in this matter. 


Attachments^ 
cc - Boaraman 
Belmont 




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* This code word cleaj^ed^jwith Records 
Section andTcode room wfod advised that 
it would present no conflict with existii 
code worffi&K 

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COMMUHItH'OtlS SECTION 

NO v 111955 

TELETYPE 4 


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. DIRECTOR. FBI AND SACS ALBANY, DENVER, MEMPHIS, AND WFO * x 

(u/TJUSt figpAostOM orr cfffsitf Ojc UAL P^AMe /A ^ataiatL. 

CRUAL, SABOTAGE, RE DENVER TELS NOVEMBER NINE INSTANT, |_ 

I--1 ft 

_| EMPLOYED NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH, BETHESDA, MD., 

ENROUTE OREGON STATE CfLLEGE TO "DELIVER LECTURE. FE»LOU b - 


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EMPLOYEES AND 



URNISH NO INFORMATION 


INDICATING MOTIVE FOR HOMICIDE. NO INDICATION LUGGAGE CONTAINED 


EXPLOSIVE MATERIAL. 


DVISED ONLY LUGGAGE WAS TWO-SUITOR 


IMITATION LEATHER OR PLASTIC TAN SUITCASE APPROXIMATELY SEVEN YEARS 
OLD AND BADLY SCUFFED, MAKE UNKNOWN. NO IDENT. TAGS. BELIEVED 
TO CONTAIN FOLLOWING ITEMS- SUNBEAM ELECTRIC RAZOR, TAN PLASTIC TOILET 
ARTICLE BAG, THREE OR FOUR WHITE DRESS SHIRTS, ONE SUIT. BLUE NYLON, 
PAJAMAS, SQUARE SILVER CUFF LINKS WITH PETRIFIED WOOD CENTERS, WOOL 
GREYISH BLUE SUIT WITH'LABEL PAREN, S S SLEND PAREN, MANUFACTURED BY 


anTfe* • 25 , a mqv 15 1955 

5 § NOV 161913. ___ _ 








SCHWARTZ CLOTHING CO^BALTIMORE, SMALL BLACK METAL BOX CONTAINING 
THIRTY-FIVE MILLIMETER COLOR SLIDES, GOLD BAR TIE CLASP. WEARING 
HAMILTON WRIST WATCH WITH PAREN. HRS-USPHS-DATE END PJREN. ENGRAVED 
BACK OF CASE. ALSO WEARING SUIT AND BROWN TOPCOAT BOTH WITH PAREN. 

S S S END PAREN. LABELED. NO DESCRIPTION OF SUIT AVAILABLE, WFO 
REVIEW SANDSTEAD-S PERSONNEL FILE, HEW BLDG,, AND INTERVIEW ARTHUR 
CM PEARSON, WYATT BLDG., SANDSTEAD-S INSURANCE AGENT. MEMPHIS INTER* 
VIEW |_(/ANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, RESIDES ONE 


ASSIGNED VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL PRIOR TO OCTOBER NINETEEN 


FIFTY-THREE AS 


ALBANY INTERVIEW 


SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, RESIDES HAFTS HOUSE ON CAMPUS. 


ACK PLS 
SSSS 


WORD 3 


CC; MR- BELMON-f I 

ANlJ 

Rom. INTEL. Dt 


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fedIhal bureau of investigation 
U. S. DEPARTMENT of justice 

COMMUNICATIONS SECTION 




Hr. Touom- 

Mr. Bosxdmaa— 

Mr.NfehoJiL—^ 

Hr. Belmont- — 

Mr. Harbo- 

Mr. Mohr- 


Mr*. Rosen— 


TELETYPE 


HKREM 


6-20AM EST 


Z NYC 11-12-55 6-20AM EST JFM H* 

Mias Q* 

, uikECTOR AND SAC-S CHICAGO AND DENVER , ••.••URGENT • ••>*.—— 

ftyl'i'# //-J.S’Z- 

CRUAL, POSSIBLE SABOTAGE. RE DENVER TEL 


Mr. Winterrowd- 
Tele. Roo m 
Mr. Holloman— 
| Mias Gandy- 


ELEVEN TEN LAST. 


US POST OFFICE, 


A 


LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, ADVISED THAT DEPARTURE SHEET FOR ELEVEN ONE 

REFLECTS UAL FLIGHT NUMBER SIX TWEI^Ff NINE CARRIED SIXTY THREE 

M v'r '^pr. b 7c 

POUNDS OF MAIL IN Bk@V#8r£TOQLW!fltD*efc UNABLE TO TELL FROM PO RECOR_ 

WHERE ANY OF THE POUCHES DESTINED OR POINT OF ORIGIN DUE TO NEW 
PO ACCOUNTING SYSTEM PLACED IN EFFEC TEN ONE LAST, 




UAL, STATED THAT FROM REVIEW OF LOAD SHEET 

j AND DISPATCH MESSAGE AND UAL WEIGHT MANIFEST FOR FLIGHT SIX TWENTY 

i NINE FOLLOWING IS DISTRIBUTION OF US MAIL. THREE POUCHES OF MAIL 

| WEIGHING THIRTEEN POUNDS WAS PLACED IN PIT FOUR AND DESTINED FOR 

CHICAGO, FIVE POUNDS OF MAIL WEIGHING FORTY TWO POUNDS DESTINED FOR 

DENVER AND WAS PLACED IN REAR PORTION OF PIT THREE, THREE POUCHES 

WEIGHING EIGHT POUNDS DESTINED FOR PORTLAND AND ALSO IN REAR 

OF PIT THREE. FOLLOWING ID DESCRIPTION OF OTHER FREIGHT AND 

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL PLACED ON FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE, SIX PIECES OF 

AIR EXPRESS WEIGHING THIRTY FIVE POUNDS, FIFTY NINE PIECES OF PASSENGER 

LUGGAGE WEIGHING FOURTEEN HUNDRED AND SIXTY^FIVE POUNDS* ALL DESTINED 

REComn 


FOR CHICAGO AND PLACED IN PIT FO 




EIGHT WEIGHING 


THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTYSIX POUNDS DESTINED GO AND PLACED IN 

¥*{$UblW * 

_PIT THREE PAREN l ^t ftMaSj^ PAREN• FOLLOWING RSTtfelAL wTs“PUT IN PIT 

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JflglJ^^AREN REAR CLOSE ■ WPPEffflNE D FOR $ 3 */, TWO PIECES |\L/ 


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OF AIR EXPRESS WEIGHING FIFTY POUNDS AND THIRTEEN PIECES OR PERSONAL 
LUGGAGE WEIGHING TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FIVE POUNDS PLACE IN PIT THREE 
REAR, FOLLOWING MATERIAL DESTINED FOR PORTLAND AND PLACED IN REAR 
OF PIT THREE, FIVE PIECES OF FREIGHT WEIGHING SIXTY NINE POUNDS, 

SEVEN PIECES OF LUGGAGE WEIGHING ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY NINE POUNDS, 
FOLLOWING MATERIAL DESTINED FOR SEATTLE AND PLACED IN PIT THREE 
REAR, ONE PIECE OF AIR EXPRESS WEIGHING NINE POUNDS, SEVENTEEN PIECES 
OF FREIGHT WEIGHING TWO AND SIXTY THREE POUNDS, TWO PIECES OF LUGGAGE 
WEIGHING FIFTY THREE POUNDS, 

KELLY 

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DN- OK FBI DN RKK FOR FOUR MESSAGES 
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DIRECTOR AND SAC-S CHICAGO AND DENVER ...URGENT ... 

CRASH UNITED AIRLINES DC DASH SIX, FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE, LONGMONT, 
COLORADO, NOVEMBER ONE, FIFTYFIVE, SABOTAGE. REDNTEL NOVEMBER EIGHT, 
FIFTYFIVE, NY TEL NOVEMBER ELEVEN, FIFTYFIVE. INVESTIGATION NY 
INDICATES THAT THE FOLLOWING PASSENGERS ON INSTANT FLIGHT FROM NYC TO 
CHICAGO WHO LEFT NY CONTACT A ND RESIDE ELSEWHERE ARE AS FOLLOWS. 


NUMBER SIXTEEN AND SEVENTEEN, 


PLAZA, HOTEL AND LEFT FORWARDING ADRESS 


WHO STAYED AT SAVOY 


NUMBER NINETEEN, 


WHO 


WILL BE AT CONRAD HILTON HOTEL, CHICAGO, UNTIL NOVEMBER SEVENTEEN 
NEXT. NUMBER TWENTY, 


j/HO STAYED AT TAFT HOTEL, 


NYC, LEFT FORWARDING ADRESS_ 


NUMBER TWENTYTWO LISTED A3 


ROOM 


HOTEL, ROOM 


1 NYC. INQUIRY AT TAFT HOTEL INDICATES 


)CCUPIES BY 


UNTIL NOVEMBER ONE, 


FIFTYFIVE, LEFT FORWARDING ADRESS 
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HOTEL 


WESTBURY, NYC. INQUIRY AT HOTEL INDICATES 


Left 


FORWARDIN 

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NUMBER THIRTYSEVEN, 


WHO LISTED CONTACT 


CARE OF AMERICAN CAN COMPANY, NYC. INQUIRY AT AMERICAN CAN INDICATES 


RESIDES AT 


NUMBER THIRTYNINE, 


WHO LISTED CONTACT CARE OF KIMBERLY 


DASH CLARK PAPER COMPANY, TWO FIVE ZERO PARK AVENUE, NYC. 

RESIDES 


INQUIRY AT KIMBERLY DASH CLARK INDICATE: 


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WHO WERE 


PASSENGERS ON INSTANT FLIGHT FROM NY DASH DENVER LISTED CONTACT CARE 
OF HENRY HUDSON HOTEL, NYC. INQUIRY AT HENRY HUDSON HOTEL, NYC, 

L isted address 


INDICATES 


NY TO 


DENVER PASSENGERS ONE AND TWO, 



LISTED CARE OF SOCONY VACUUM OIL 

COMPANY, 

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AND PROCEEDED FROM BOULDER, COLORADO TO TUSCON, ARIZONA, 


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CARE OF PIONEER HOTEL, TUSCON. NUMBERS FOUR AND FIVeJ_ 

\ HOTEL SAVOY PLAZA, NYC, INQUIRY AT HOTEL LISTE& ADDRESS FOR 

ARE OF COLORADO A AND M COLLEGE. SEE DENVER FILE 
SIXTY ONE DASH ONE NINE FOUR AND BUCASE CAPTIONEI 

IDP, OFFICES INTERVIEW PASSENGERS AS FOLLOWS. NEW HAVEN 

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THIRTYSEVEN, THIRTYNINE. CHICAGO SIXTEEN, SEVENTEEN, NINETEEN. 

OMAHA TWENTYTWO* PHOENIX ONE AND TWO. SPRINGFIELD TWENTYNINE 

AND THIRTY. SEATTLE TWENTY. DENVEij_| OFFICES 

NOT RECEIVING REFERENCED NY TEL WILL REQUEST TO INTERVIEW RE OCCUPATION, 
PURPOSE OF TRIP, DESTINATION, NUMBER AND CONTENT OF LUGGAGE, ANY 
PLANNED OR UNPLANNED STOPOVER WITH EMPHASIS RE BAGGAGE FORWARDED 
BEYOND STOPOVER ON FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE WITH PARTICULAR VIEW TO 
DEVELOPMENT OF ANY SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES OBSERVED PRIOR OR EN ROUTE 
OR POSSIBLE MOTIVES FOR SABOTAGE. DENVER ORIGIN. 

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KING, FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE, UAL, IS ESTIMATED BY RELATIVES 
HAVE INHERITED APPROXIMATELY ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND 
DOLLARS IN REALTY, CASH ANNUITY, AND LIVESTOCK. PRIOR TO 
DEATH OF EARL KING OCTOBER FIFTY-FOUR, MR. AND MRS. KING 
MADE RECIPROCAL WILL LEAVING LIFETIME ESTATE TO SURVIVOR, 
THAT WILL STILL BINDING. UPON DEATH OF BOTH, ESTATE WAS TO 
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FORTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH ESTATE AND CASH ANNUITY 
INVESTED BY DAISIE KING IN DRIVE-IN RESTAURANTS IN DENVER 
AND STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO, SPRING OF FIFTY-FIVE. 

AT SAME TIME RESTAURANT IN DENVER BUILT, IT WAS REPORTEDLY 
DEEDED BY DAISIE KING TO JACK GRAHAM EXCEPT THAT SHE RETAINED 
A LIFETIME ESTATE AND MANAGERIAL. COp^OL. 

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REPORTEDLY VALUED AT THIRTY-THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND 
GRAHAM INDICATED DURING INTERVIEW THAT HE NOW CONSIDERS 
HE HAS CLEAR TITLE TO THIS PROPERTY. 

INFORMED UPON INTERVIEW THAT JACK OBTAINED THREE INSURANCE POLICIES 
AT AIRPORT IN AMOUNT OF TWELVE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS EACH 


ON HIS MOTHER-S LIF 




ACK GRAHAM, 


MRS. KING, STE. GENEVIEVE, MO. TO DATE UAL HAS 
BEEN UNABLE TO VERIFY THIS FACT AND 


BEEN UNABLE TO VERIFY THIS FACT AND STATED 

JACK APPARENTLY MAILED COPIES. HOWEVER, SHE CANNOT RECALL WHERE. 


THIS BEING VIGOROUSLY FOLLOWED. 


ILSO ADVISED THAT 


DMSIE KING MAINTAINED TWO LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES OF TWENTY 
/iVE HUNDRED DOLLARS EACH WITH BENEFICIARIES JACK GRAHAM AND 

ONLY MOTIVE DEVELOPED TO DATE WOULD 
BE JACK GRAHAM-S INHERITANCE OF MONEY AND/OR PROPERTY. JACK 
GILBERT GRAHAM, WA. JACK G, KING, BORN DENVER COLORADO JANUARY 
TWENTY THREE THIRTY TWO, AS ONLY CHILD OF WILLIAM AND DAISIE 
GRAHAM, WILLIAM GRAHAM DIED IN THIRTY FIVE INSTANT AND JACK 
GRAHAM RAISED IN ORPHANAGE, DENVER, FROM AGE THREE TO TEN. 

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PAGE THREE 

FOLLOWING MARRIAGE OF DAISIE AND EARL KING, FORTY ONE INSTANT, 
JACK GRAHAM RESIDED WITH THEM AT YAMPA, COLO* WHERE HE 
REPORTEDLY WAS ACCUSED OF SOME PETTY THIEVERY AND GENERAL 
MISCONDUCT. LEFT HOME AT AGE FIFTEEN AND WENT ALASKA 
WHERE HE SECURED NUMEROUS JOBS IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY 
DURING FORTY SEVEN AND FORTY EIGHT. ALLEGEDLY ENLISTED IN 
U. S. COAST GUARD APRIL FORTY EIGHT AT SEATTLE, WASH., AND 
DISCHARGED ON BASIS OF MINORITY AT NEW YORK CITY JAN. FORTY 
NINE. CHECK OF RECORDS HAS BEEN REQUESTED. FOLLOWING DISCHARGE 
HE RETURNED TO PARENTAL HOME AT YAMPA FOR A FEW MONTHS AND 
AGAIN WENT TO ALASKA WHERE HE ENGAGED IN CONSTRUCTION WORK. 
RETURNED TO COLORADO FIFTY AND EVENTUALLY SECURED POSITION OF 
PAYROLL CLERK AT MANUFACTURING CONCERN. IN MARCH FIFTY ONE 
STOLE AND FORGED FORTY TWO CHECKS ON THIS COMPANY IN THE 
AMOUNT OF ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS EACH. LEFT DENVER AND TRAVELLED 
EXTENSIVELY UNTIL ARREST BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES AT LUBBOCK, 

TEXAS, SEPTEMBER ELEVEN, FIFTY ONE, ON CHARGE OF BOOTLEGGING. 

AT TIME OF ARREST HAD GUN IN CAR, RAN ROAD BLOCK, AND WAS ONLY 
APPREHENDED AFTER SHOTS FIRED BY OFFICERS. SERVED SIXTY DAYS 
IN COUNTY JAIL AT LUBBOCK. RELEASED TO DA, DN, AND CONVICTED 
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PAGE FOUR 



OF FORGING AND UTTERING AT DN NOVEMBER TWENTY THREE, FIFTY 
ONE, SENTENCE SUSPENDED AND PLACED ON PROBATION FOR PERIOD 
OF FIVE YEARS WITH STIPULATION OF TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS 
CASH RESTITUTION, MADE BY MRS. KING AND MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF 
FORTY DOLLARS TO BE MADE BY GRAHAM TO COUNTY PROBATION 
OFFICE. RECORDS OF PROBATION OFFICER REFLECT GRAHAM HAS 
CONSISTENTLY REPORTED AND MADE PAYMENTS SINCE THAT TIME. 

BALANCE OWED PROBATION DEPARTMENT AT PRESENT IS ONE HUNDRED 
FIVE DOLLARS. PROBATION RECORDS REFLECT GRAHAM COMPLETED 
NINTH GRADE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND SCHOOLS REPORTED HE "HAD 
FINE MIND" WITH GENERALLY HIGH GRADES BUT "PERSONAL AND 
SOCIAL ADJUSTMENTS VERY POOR." PROBATION REPORT INDICATES 
GRAHAM LED A RATHER WILD LIFE, SPENT MONEY ON DRINKING PARTIES 
AND WOMEN, LIKES MONEY, AND WANTED TO HAVE "BIG TIME" AS HE 
THOUGHT HE WOULD BE DRAFTED INTO ARMY. REPORT REFLECTS MOTHER 
•OVER PROTECTIVE" OF SON. ATTITUDE OF GRAHAM AT TIME OF ARREST 
INDICATED HE DID NOT REALIZE SEROUSNESS OF FRAUDULENT CHECK 
CHARGE. NO OTHER CRIMINAL RECORD KNOWN. FOLLOWING CONVICTION 
GRAHAM HAS HELD RATHER CONSISTENT EMPLOYMENT AS HEAVY 
EQUIPMENT MECHANIC WITH REPUTABLE CONCERNS AND CONTRACTOR TO 
THE AEC AT GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO. FOLLOWING DEATH OF EARL 
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KING, STEPFATHER, GRAHAM RETURNED TO DENVER AND ASSISTED 
MRS, KING IN BUILDING AND OPERATION OF PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED 
DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT. BUREAU WAS PREVIOUSLY INFORMED OF 
ACCIDENTS RELATING TO DRIVE-IN AND AUTOMOBILE. EXAMINATION 
OF ALL WRECKAGE AND LUGGAGE TO DATE BY UAL AND CAB REPRESENTATIVES 
HAS NOT RESULTED IN LOCATION OF ANY AMMUNITION, AS REPORTEDLY 
CONTAINED IN MRS. KING-S LUGGAGE BY GRAHAM. HOWEVER, PHEASANT 
HUNTERS HAVE BEEN BRINGING IN TO UAL. PDS, AND FBI DAILY 
FRAGMENTS OF WRECKAGE, MAIL, CLOTHING, AND LUGGAGE, LOCATED 
AS MUCH AS TEN MILES FROM SCENE OF EXPLOSION. AS OF TOMORROW 
A, M. TEN FBI AGENTS AND EN UAL AND CAB REPRESENTATIVES 
WILL GO TO SEARCH AND RESEARCH AREA AGAIN, EVEN THOUGH IT 
HAS BEEN COfVERED BY ACTUALLY HUNDREDS OF PERSONS. UAL AND 
CAB OFFICIALS PLAN NO FURTHER EXAMINATION OR RECONSTRUCTION 
OF PLANE OR BAGGAGE THAT HAS NOT BEEN CONSUMATED SO FAR, UNLESS 
SOMETHING UNUSUAL DEMANDS IT OR UNLESS REQUESTED TO DO SO, 

HOWEVER, THIS MATERIAL IS AVAILABLE TO OUR OFFICE AND IS BEING 
SEARCHED AND RESEARCHED FOR EVIDENCE OR PIECES OF EXPLOSIVE 
DEVICE. AS OF DAY FBI ENTERED INVESTIGATION FIVE REPRESENTATIVES 
END PAGE FIVE 








PAGE SIX 

OF THIS OFFICE HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH TEN REPRESENTATIVES 
OF UAL AS CONCERNS INVESTIGATION RELATED TO PASSENGERS, 

UNION ACTIVITIES, CARGO, EYE WITNESSES, AND UAL PERSONNEL 
HANDLING FLIGHT. THIS OFFICE IS ADVISED OF ALL MATERIAL 
LOCATED BY ANYONE. INSURANCE VENDING MACHINES AT AIRPORT 
WERE CHECKED ON FIRST DAY AND IT WAS DETERMINED THAT SEVENTEEN 
PASSENGERS WERE INSURED BY EITHER ASSOCIATED AVIATION 
UNDERWRITERS, ALLEGED HEADQUARTERS NEW YORK CITY, OR CONTINENTAL 
CASUALTY COMPANY, ALLEGED HEADQUARTERS CHICAGO, POLICIES RANGING 
FROM MINIMUM SIXTY TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS TO MAXIMUM 
SIXTY TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS WITH THE MAXIMUM OF 
SIXTY TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED ON SIX OF THE SEVENTEEN 
PASSENGERS. NEW YORK CITY AND CG OFFICES REQUESTED TO CONTACT 
HEADQUARTERS THESE INSURANCE COMPANIES TO VERIFY THIS FACT. 

ALSO UAL OFFICIALS STATE WHILE THEY HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO LOCATE 
POLICIES FOR MRS. KING, BELIEVE IF SHE HAS POLICIES THEY ARE 
WITH ASSOCIATED AVIATION UNDERWIRTERS, MUTUAL OF OMAHA TEL-A¬ 
TRIP CLAIMS TO HAVE NO POLICIES ON PASSENGERS FLIGHT SIX TWO 
NINE. COPIES THIS TELETYPE BEING SENT LA AN SF AND OM OFFICES 
IN THE EVENT INVESTIGATION CONCERNING INSURANCE POLICIES REQUESTED 
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IS THESE COMPANIES MAY HAVE HEADQUARTERS IN CLIFORNIA. NY 

A 

AND CG REQUESTED TO NOTIFY INSURANCE REPRESENTATIVES TO RETAIN 
COPIES ALL POLICIES FOR POSSIBLE HANDWRITING EXAMINATIONS, IF 
NEEDED AT FURTHER DATE. DN PRESENTLY ATTEMPTING TO CHECK 
ALL EXPLOSIVE OUTLETS FOR ANY UNUSUAL SALES NEAR DATE OF 
CRASH. UAL OFFICIALS KNOW NO INCIDENTS DURING NEGOTIATIONS 
OR SINCE STRIKE OF ITS FLIGHT ENGINEERS WHICH MIGHT POSSIBLEY 
BE CONNECTED WITH INSTAN1 CASE. THEY STATE, HOWEVER, THERE 
HAS BEEN JAMMING OF UAL TELEPHONE SWITCHBOARDS AND ANONYMOUS 
TELEPHONE THREATS TO SOME PILOTS BUT NOTHING UNUSUAL TO ANY 

STRIKE. UACB, NYC, IS REQUESTED TO INTERVIEW_ 

_ OF FLIGHT ENGINEERS INT-L ASSOCIATION, TWO NINE ZERO 

OLD COUNTRY ROAD, MINEOLA L. I., N. Y. AND DN WILL INTERVIEW 

OF UAL STRIKING LOCAL FOR INFO OF POSSIBLE VALUE. BUREAU 7" 
ADVICE REQUESTED AS TO EXTENT OF INTERVIEWS AND INVESTIGATIONS 
RE OTHER FEIA STRIKING OFFICERS AND MEMBERS AND ALSO RE ^ 

ANONYMOUS TELEPHONE THREATS RECEIVED BY 

DETAILED LETTER FOLLOWS RE UNA CHAPTER, FEIA, PRESENT STRIKE 



SITUATION AND I NCIDENTS OCCURRING IN CONNECTION WITH IT. 


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CRASH UNITED AIRLINES DC DASH SIX FLIGHT SIX TWO 
NINE LONGMONT, COLORADO, NOVEMBER ON, FIFTYFIVE DASH SABOTAGE. 
REDNTEL NOVEMBER EIGHT, FIFTYFIVE. 


Mr. Tolaop 
Mr. Boardman_ 
Mr. Nichola_ 

Mr. Belmont 
Mr. Harbti 
Mr. Mohr __ 

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Mr. Eoeob.._ 

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NOVEMBER TEN, FIFTYFIVE, MADE AVAILABLE CANCELLATION LIST OR NO SHOWS 
FOR INSTANT FLIGHT. AMONG THOSE LISTED WERE THE FOLLOWING. NUMBER 
TWO, BOOKED INSTANT FLIGHT TO CHICAGO, LISTED CONTACT 

1 Iextenticn 


HENDERSON, N.J., TELEPHONE NUMBER 


CANCELLED NOVEMBER ONE, FIFTYFIVE. NUMBER FOUR AND FIVE, 
ADDISON PARTY OF TWO. RESERVATIONS MADE BY DES MOINES, IOWA AND " ^ 
CANCELLED BY WASHINGTON OCTOBER THIRTYONE, FIFTYFIVE. BOOKED INSTANT 
FLIGHT TO CHICAGO, THREE ONE ONE DASH ONE CHICAGO TO DES MOINES ARRIVING 
NY VIA AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT THREE FOUR ZERO DASH THREE ZERO 
OCTOBER FROM CHICAGO. NUMBER SIX 


RESERVATIONS MADE BY 


LOS ANGELES OCTOBER TWENTY, FIFTYFIVE. BOOKED INSTANT FLIGHT TO DENVER, 
ARRIVING AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT TWO OCTOBER TWENTYFOUR, FROM LOS 
ANGELES. NUMBER EIGH' INSTANT FLIGHT/TO, CHICAGO FLIGHT, SIX 

1 - RECORDED -95 63 £ ' 

ZERO SEVEN DASH ONE CHICAGO TO OMAHA, THREE TWO NINE DASH ONE 

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OMAHA TO LINCOLN. PASSENGER ORIGINATED IN LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, 

ON FLIGHT THREE ZERO ZERO OCTOBER TWENTYSIX, AND HOLDING RESERVATIONS 
ON FLIGHT SIX TWO EIGHT OCTOBER TWENTYSIX CHICAGO TO NEW YORK. 
RESERVATIONS WERE MADE BY LINCOLN AND CANCELLED BY LINCOLN OCTOBER 
TWENTYFOUR, FIFTYFIVE. NUMBER NINE, DUMAIS, BOOKED INSTANT FLIGHT TO 
CHICAGO, SIX ONE FOUR DASH FIVE CHICAGO TO BOSTON, NORTH EAST FLIGHT 
ONE NINE SIX DASH FIVE, BOSTON TO PORTLAND, MAINE. RESERVATIONS MADE 
BY BOSTON, WAS ARRIVING IN NY ON NORTH EAST AIRLINES FLIGHT ONE FIVE 
THREE NOVEMBER ONE. RESERVATION WAS CANCELLED BY NORTH EAST IN AUBURN 
DASH LEWISTON, MAINE ON OCTOBER THIRTYONE OR NOVEMBER ONE. NUMBER TEN 
AND ELEVEN, FRANKEL PARTY OF TWO BOOKED INSTANT FLIGHT TO CHICAGO, 
ARRIVING NY FLIGHT SIX THREE EIGHT DASH TWENTYFOUR FROM CHICAGO, 
ORIGINATED IN OMAHA ON FLIGHT SIX TWO TWO DASH TWENTYFOUR. 

RESERVATIONS MADE BY OMAHA AND CANCELLED BY OMAHA OCTOBER TWENTYTWO. 
NUMBER FOURTEEN, | | BOOKED INSTANT FLIGHT TO CHICAGO. 

RESERVATIONS MADE BY MOLINE DEPARTING MOLINE FLIGHT THREE TWO SIX 

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OCTOBER TWENTYSEVEN TO CHICAGO. PASSENGER ARRIVING NY FLIGHT 
SIX FOUR SIX OCTOBER TWENTYSEVEN FROM CHICAGO. THIS WAS ORIGINALLY 
BOOKED AS A PARTY OF TWO. ON OCTOBER TWENTYSIX ONE WAS 

CANCELLED BY_ . OTHER RETURN INSTANT FLIGHT TO 

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CHICAGO. NUMBER SIXTEEf BOOKED INSTANT FLIGHT TO 

DENVER. RESIDENCE CONTACT GREENWICH, CONN., TELEPHON_ 

RESERVATION WAS CANCELLED OCTOBER THIRTY. NUMBER 
SEVENTEEN MORIN, BOOKED INSTANT FLIGHT TO CHICAGO, FLIGHT SEVEN 
ONE ONE DASH ONE CHICAGO TO LOS ANGELES. PASSENGERS ARRIVING IN NY 
ON NORTH EAST FLIGHT ONE ZERO ONE DASH ONE ORIGINATED IN AUBURN 
DASH LEWISTON, MAINE. RESERVATIONS WERE MADE BY NORTH EAST AIRLINES 
IN LEWISTON AND CANCELLED NOVEMBER ONE, SOURCE UNKNOWN. NUMBER 
EIGHTEEN, POCOCK, BOOKED INSTANT FLIGHT TO CHICAGO. ORIGINATED IN 
CHICAGO ON NORTH WEST AIRLINES FLIGHT OCTOBER TWENTYONE, 

DATE AND SOURCE OF CANCELLATION UNKNOWN. NUMBER NINETEEN, POULEN, 
BOOKED INSTANT FLIGHT TO CHICAGO, BRANIFF FLIGHT THREE NINE THREE DASH 
ONE TO KANSAS CITY, BRANIFF FLIGHT THREE NINE SEVEN DASH ONE KANSAS 
CITY TO OKLAHOMA CITY. PASSENGER WAS ARRIVING IN NY ON COLONIAL 
AIRLINES FLIGHT ONE DASH ONE FROM BURLINGTON, VT. RESERVATION WAS 
CANCELLED NOVEMBER ONE BY COLONIAL AIRLINES IN BURLINGTON, VT. 

NUMBER TWENTY, BOOKED INSTANT FLIGHT TO CHICAGO. 

ORIGINATED IN MUSKEGON ON CAPITAL AIRLINES FLIGHT FOUR ONE FIVE 
DASH TWO EIGHT OCTOBER. ARRIVING IN NY ON NORTH EAST FLIGHT ONE ZERO 
ONE DASH ONE FROM PORTLAND, MAINE. RESERVATION WAS MADE BY CAPITAL 
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AIRLINES AT MUSKEGON AND CANCELLED THERE ON OCTOBER TWENTYFOUR. 

NUMBER TWENTYONE AND TWENTYTWO, VILSACK PARTY OF TWO BOOKED INSTANT 
FLIGHT TO CHICAGO, FLIGHT SEVEN TWO THREE DASH ONE TWO CHICAGO TO 
SAN GRANCISCO. RESERVATIONS WERE BOOKED BY CHICAGO AND CANCELLED 
BY CHICAGO OCTOBER THIRTYONE OR NOVEMBER ONE. NUMBER TWENTYTHREE AND 

TWENTYFOURj_| BOOKED INSTANT FLIGHT TO DENVER. 

RESIDENCE CONTACT HOTEL WARWICK, ROOM | | nYC. 

b7C RESERVATIONS CANCELLED OCTOBER THIRTYONE. INQUIRY AT HOTEL WARWICK 
INDICATES [ I BANK OF 

PUEBLO, COLORADO, DEPARTED NYC ON NOVEMBER ONE, FIFTYFIVE. OFFICES 
INTERVIEW CANCELLATIONS AS INDICATED. OMAHA FOUR, FIVE, EIGHT, TEN, 
ELEVEN. NEWARK TWO, LOS ANGELES SIX. BOSTON NINE, SEVENTEEN. 
SPRINGFIELD FOURTEEN. NEW HAVEN SIXTEEN. CHICAGO EIGHTEEN, 
TWENTYONE, TWENTYTWO. ALBANY NINETEEN, DETROIT TWENTY, DENVER 
TWENTYTHREE AND TWENTYFOUR. INTERVIEW RE OCCUPATION, REASON FOR 
CANCELLATION WITH PARTICULAR VIEW TO DEVELOPMENT OF ANY SUSPICIOUS 
CIRCUMSTANCES OR POSSIBLE MOTIVES FOR SABOTAGE. DENVER ORIGIN, 

KELLY 

NEWARK, BOSTON, ALBANY, NEW HAVEN, OMAHA, LOS ANGELES, DETROIT, 

AND SPRINGFIELD ADVISED 


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CRUAL, 'POSSIBLE SABOTAGE. RE DENVER TEL ELEVEN EIGHT LAST. UAL 


OFFICIALS, NYC, STATE THAT 


UAL MECHANIC, WHO PERFORMED 


WORK ON FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE ON ELEVEN ONE LAST, IS PRESENTLY ON 
VACATION AND HIS ADDRESS IN EITHER SF, OR LA WOULD BE KNOWN TO THE 
UAL DISTRICT PASSENGER MANAGER. SF AND LA REQUESTED TO CONTACT^ 
UAL DIST RICT PASSENGER MANAGERS AND DETERMINE PRESENT RESIDENCE OF 
WHO IS TRAVELLING ON UAL EMPLOYEE PASS. HIS HOME ADDRESS 
Is l I HE SHOULD 

BE QUESTIONED CONCERNING DATE HE BECAME EMPLOYED WITH UAL, HIS ■ 
PRESENT POSITION, THE SHIFT HE WORKED ON ELEVEN ONE, SPECIFICALLY 
ANY WORK HE DID ON FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE, WHETHER HE OBSERVED ANY 
UNAUTHORIZED PERSON AROUND AIRCRAFT, AND WHETHER HE RECALLS ANY 
INFORMATION PERTINENT TO INSTANT INVESTIGATION. SUBMIT RESULTS 


IN REPORT FORM. DENVER ORIGIN. 


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Director and sac-s Chicago and Denver^ .urgent , . 

CRUAL, POSSIBLE SABOTAGE* THIRTY EMPLOYEES OF UAL ASSOCIATED WITH 
FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE ON ELEVEN ONE LAST TOGETHER WITH THE CAPTAIN, 

FIRST OFFICER AND FLIGHT ENGINEER NEW YORK TO CHICAGO RUN. 

INTERVIEWED ELEVEN ELEVEN FIFTY FIVE AT UAL, LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, NYC. 
INTERVIEWS OF THIRTY MAINTANCE AND GROUND PERSONNEL PRODUCED 
NOTHING PERTINENT TO INSTANT INVESTIGATION. I 

UAL FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE NY TO CHICAGO ELEVEN ONE LAST ADVISED 
THAT. PRE FLIGHT CHECK OF AIR CRAFT AT LA GUARDIA FIELD, NYC, WAS 
NORMAL, FLIGHT TOOK OFF AT TWELVE ELEVEN PM EST, IN ROUTINE 
FLIGHT TO CHICAGO LANDED AT THREE TWENTY FIVE PM EST. OIL LEAK 
DISCOVERED IN NUMBER TWO ENGINE OVER PATERSON, N.J, LEAKED 
BELIEVED CAUSED BY LOOSE OIL FILLER CAP WHICH WAS VERIFIED IN 


CHICAGO, 


VISITED IN CABIN AND HELD ROUTINE DISCUSSION 


WITH THE PASSENGERS DURING FLIGHT. 
CHICAGO, 


LANDED PLANE IN 


INSTANT FLIGHT, 


STAim-HE'-MADE THE TAKEOFF AT NYC AND FLIGHT WAS ROUTINE, OTHER 
THAN OIL LEAK REFERRED TO ABOVE. 


INSTANT FLIGHT, SAID AS PART OF HTS^PRE--FL4-G H T - ^I[ gGKHT E INSPECTED 

!-r! ; ' 1 \ 

CARGO PIT FOUR AND OBSERVED NOTHING UNU&JAIN0V &4B58-A j>AlD THE 
FLIGHT TO CHICAGO WAS ROUTINE EXCEPT FOR“$WE OIL- fe&W* In ENGINE 


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NUMBER TWO. 


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BOTH STATED THEY MADE PRE FLIGHT CHECK 


ON INSTANT FLIGHT TOGETHER AND FOUND SEVERAL ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT 
BREAKERS OPEN. HILL EXPLAINED THATIN HIS OPINION THESE CIRCUIT 
BREAKERS HAD BEEN OPENED BY UAL MECHANICS AS HARRASSMENT TO FLIGHT 
PERSONNEL. THIS SITUATION REMEDIED IN PRE FLIGHT CHECK. HOWEVER 
IT RESULTS IN ADDITIONAL WORK AND ANNOYANCE TO FLIGHT PERSONNEL. 

HILL SAID HARRASSMENT HAS BEEN PREVELANT THROUGHOUT UAL OPERATION OF 
ENGINEERS STRIKE BECAUSE MECHANICS IN SYMPATHY WITH STRIKE. | 

and! 


PAID RUMORS AMONG UAL FLIGHT PERSONNEL TO EFFECT THAT 


ANONYMOUS TELEPHONE CALLS HAVE BEEN MAD E TO PILOT S AND THEIR WIVES 
WARNING THEM NOT TO FLY DURING STRIKE. SAID 


UAL 


CHICAGO, TOLD HIM THAT HE EITHER KNEW OF, OR HEARD 

AND 


OF, A CALL THREATENING THE LIFE OF A UAL PILOT. 


DEPLANED AT CHICAGO AND RETURNED NYC ON OTHER FLIGHTS. 
CHICAGO INTERVIEW BYE RE THREATENING CALL. \\ 

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MOTHER, DA ISIS KIM, RESIDED TOPQNAS, COLORADO, A PRIL FORTY EIGHT. 
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MEMORANDUM FOR MR. TOLSON 

MR. BOAR OMAN 
l r - ri MR. A06JCN 

MR. NICHOLS 


l etSfilM Attorney OtMnl to «Mh Mm tkt sarly this 
morning the FBI bad Mhnd tho oseoait airplane crash in Colorado. Mo was 
informed that we had secured a sifted confession from Mo guilty party who 
had pot the bomb on Mo planet Mat he wan a twosty-three year old youth who 
wao oat on probation lor forging checks; that there had been qoite tone 
controversy between him wed hie mother, who ran a drive-ia restaurant, 
conesralag the nilh| good of forgod cheeks ia the aasoent of I4IN. The 
Attorney QnimI was advised that the mother was taking a plane trip to 
Alaskn and ter aoa pet Me bomb, eel to explode within an hoar, oa tho plane 
and it weal off shortly after Me plane look off. 2t was further stated Mat this 
young man had tahsa oat f 17, $99 worth of iaeoroneo oa hfte mother end in 
checking out the lemiliee wed Me hnckgreuad of Mo paooongora of this flight 
it wao loomed Isom iadividnale la his neighborhood Mat ha was ia some 
difficulty with hie mother and also that he had a had record. The Attorney 
General was informed that this young man wan brought ia yestorday around 
noon but ho did not brook until about mlipight when he learned we bed located 
in his bouse seme copper wire similar to that used in Me bomb. 1 stated that 
ia the debris from the plane crash there was found o portion of a battery and 
Me sutyect had i n di cate d he used each a aatwry to moke Mo bomb, though it 
wao not pooaiblo to dofintioly stats this was Mo oame battery. 


X told Mo Attomay Gsserai Mat the subject will bo arraigaed 
Mie morning before the Commissioner on a charge of e o h o t a g o of a National 
Defsnae instrument, namely* an airplane, end Me United States Attorney will 
probably turn him aver to the state authorities oa sharp#e of murdor as there 
ware forty or more peep** oa the plane who wore hUtod ia tte crank. The 
Attorney General enpreeaed hie appreciation for the work done on MU eaeo and 
aahod that hie congratulations he extended to fete Agents who worked, oa the case. 


"Seated that hie congratulations he extended to the 

Nichols_ 

Belmont_ 

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DATS 


John Edgar Hoover 
Director 










STANDARD FOKM NO. 04 


* 


Office Memorandum • united states government 


X 


TO , : MR, L. V, BOARDMAN 


!F t /* 

* prom i MR, A, H, EELmONI 


subject : CRASH' - UNITED AIR'-LINES DC-6 

flight 629 - l ONfmjmr^ecLomm^ 
NOVEMBER I, 1955ft>'' I 

• l eras'd ted 


date: No vembe r y, 

1955 


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Boacdman . 

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Sizoo-- 

Winterrowd _ 
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Holloman — 
Gandy - 


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‘Burke called 


'rom Denver to advise 

~l mnix inn nf the _ 


- _____| at Kansas City, 

Had, fusl "lejl Jus "office foTTowing a HTscussTon of the recent 
United Air Lines crash near Denver, These gentlemen advised 
t that they have about concluded their check into this matter 
and have concluded that the crash was caused■ by a terrific I 
expbsion in the baggage compartment of the plane, They have J 
concluded that the explosion did not result from a part of the 
pla,ne itself or something that would normally be in the plane 
and that the plane did not malfunction. SAC Burke advised 
that thes$ men qfficJja JJLa/. rej pugsted tha t the__ Bupeau^enter 
the inves-'t iaation t o de te r m ine whet her ’the crash wap paused 
by sabo tage, ' . — 

SAC Burke was sending in a teletype with his 
reoammendation as to whether. /X Bur eau sJjpjjJ.d enter the k 7c 

investigation. He advised an q \ that' -the'ir 

request would be furnished to Headquarters of the Bureau, 

ACTION : \ 

We are carefully examining the information to date 
and will examine the Denver teletype upon receipt after vihich 
a recommendation will be submitted as to whether we shouid-J- 
conduct, investigation in this case, 


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cc - Mr, Boardman 
Mr, Belmont 
Mr, Baumgardner 

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FEDERAL bureau of imvestigatiom 

J^U. * DEPARTMENT OMUSTICE 

(mumunicatiqhs^section 


AU» rMFORMATION CONTAIMK0 

herein m mcLAsamm , „ 

PATB BY 


fFBl, OMAHA 11-12-55 


HUNICATIOHS SEC 

'slOV 1/2 195S 

^Ieetypi 


7-13 


PM CST RHDJ 


/ DIRECTOR, FBI AND SAC DENVER .. URGENT .. 


Mt. Toleoa- 

*Mr. Boardma»_^ | 

Mr. Mohr.- 

Mr. Parsons- 

Mr. Rosen- 

Mr. Tamm- 

Mr. Sizoo-I 

Mr. Winterrowd 

Tele. Room_ 

Mr. Holloman_ L 

Miss Gandy^o^/y 2 


I "CRUALSAB.) RE NYC TELS NOV. TWELVE INSTANT. SA ON DUTY_ 

1 - -— 1 _ I 

UAL, LINCOLN, STATED HIS RECORDS SHOW RESERVATIONS FOrI lo« 

1 -b7C 

FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE NYC TO CG FLIGHT SIX NAUGHT SEVEN CG TO OM A 

THREE TWO NINE OM TO LINCOLN, NEBR. WERE ORIGINALLY MADE FOR NOV. _ 

ONE FIFTYFIVE, BUT WERE CANCELLED AND RECORDS INDICATE R ETURNED 
VIA FLIGHT SIX FOUR ONE NYC TO OM ON OCT. THIRTYONE LAST., WITH NO 
TRAVEL BY PLANE SHOWN FROM OM TO LINCOLN. HE STATED RESERVATIONS AND 
CANCELLATIONS MADE THRU LINCOLN TOUR AND TRAVEL AGENCY. |~ 

ELEVEN FORTYFIVE N. FORTYFOURTH ST., LINCOLN, DIRECTOR OF BUREAU OF 
INSTRUCTIONAL RESEARCH, U OF NEBR., STATED EARLY OCT. PLANS CALLED 
FOR RETURN TO LINCOLN FROM NYC ON NOV. ONE FIFTYFIVE. THAT PRIOR TO 
DEPARTURE FROM LINCOLN, IT WAS DETERMINED HIS RETURN WOULD BE MADE 
ON OCT. THIRTYONE LAST. THAT UPON ARRIVAL AT AIRPORT NYC ABOUT TWO- 
THIRTY PM, OCT. THIRTYONE LAST, HE WAS INFORMED FLIGHT SIX FOUR ONE 
NYC TO CG WAS CANCELLED, BUT WOULD BE OPERATIVE CG TO OM. HE WAS 
THEN PLACED ON FLIGHT SIX NAUGHT THREE LEAVING NYC ABOUT FOUR-THIRTY 
PM. HE ARRIVED AHEAD OF SCHEDULE MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR HIM TO SECURE 
PASSAGE FLIGHT THREE NAUGHT ONE FROM CG THRU TO LINCOLN. LEAVING CG 
ABOUT SEVEN PM, ARRIVE LINCOLN ABOUT TEN TWENTY PM OCT. THIRTYONE 
LAST, HE MAKES THIS TRIP TO NYC ANNUALLY. Q1>~ tL % /) *3 £ '/ 


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WJMMUNiCATIONj^ECTIW 

NOV li 1955 


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Oz/tii SH 4 FROM NEW YORK 14 3-12 PM 


DIRECTOR URGENT 


iy* r ,r«> ; -.p><r ft.’l'iCVf CCxTTAliJBS) 


I lfr. Trimfm 
Mr. 8a»rdisw^ 
M&r. mdhflte —Z 
/KEt. 

Kt. Haribo_ 

Mr. Mrth r _ ■■__ 
STr. P*'**fi»* | 

Mi*. Rosen_ 

Mr. Tajnm 

Mr. Sizoo_ 

Mr. Winterrowd- 

Teje. Room_ 

Hr. Holloman_ 

kMiss Gifl te-Z 


CRUALSAB. INQUIRY ASSOCIATED AVIATION UNDERWRITERS, NYC, REFLECTS 
FIVE INSURANCE MACHINES OPERATED AT DENVER, NAMELY, NOS. FORT 
FORTYTHREE, ONE EIGHT SIX, TWO NINE THREE, AND TWO NINE EIGHT 

i-r- 

POLICIES AVAILABLE AT NY REVIEWED AND REFLECT ALL POLICIES ISSUED 
BY MACHINES FORTYTWO, FORTYTHREE AND TWO NINE EIGHT UP TO MIDNIGHT 
CF NOV ONE LAST AT NY, AND FAIL TO REFLECT POLICY OF DAISY KING. 

LAST AVAILABLE POLICY ISSUED BY MACHINE NO. TWO NINE THREE ISUED 
SIX TWENTYONE, PM, NOV ONE, POLICY NO. FIVE NAUGHT THREE FIVE SEVEN 
NAUGHT. AVAILABLE POLICIES OF MACHINE ONE EIGHT SIX REFLECT LAST OF 
ONE GROUP ISSUED FIVE FORTYEIGHT PM, NOV ONE, AND ADDITIONAL GROUP 
FROM THIS MACHINE SHOWS THREE POLICIES ISSUED BETWEEN TWELVE FIFTY 
AM AND TWELVE TWENTYSEVEN PM, NOV SECOND. POSSIBILITY EXISTS THAT 
POLICIES ISSUED BY ONE EIGHT SIX BETWEEN FIVE FORTYEIGHT PM, NOV ONE 
AND TWELVE FIFTY AM, NOV SECOND STILL AT DENVER. IN ADDITION, 
POLICIES ISSUED BY TWO NINE THREE SINCE SIX TWENTYONE PM, NO V ONE 

SHOULD BE AT DENVER. ASSOCIATED REPRESENTATIVE AT DENVER IS_ 

| , CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, STAPLE- 

TON AIR FIELD. ASSOCIATED AT NYC ALERTED IN EVENT POLICIES ENROUTE 


TO NYC. NYO WILL BE NOTIFIED WHEN THEY ARRIVE, 


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COMMUNICATIONS SECTION 


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Mr. Raaen \ 

M>r. fownm 
! Mr. $itoo 
I Mr. Mintcmtowd- 

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RELAY 


FBI DENVER 


11-14-55 


TO ALL CONTINENTAL OFFICES 


9-13 AM 
URGENT 


CRUALSAB.) REMYTEL NOVEMBER EIGHT INSTANT* DISCONTINUE 



ALL INVESTIGATION WHICH DOES NOT APPEAR INDICATIVE OF 
PRODUCING INFORMATION OF EVIDENTIARY VALUE* FOR INFORMATION, 

JOHN GILBERT GRAHAM, WITH ALIAS JACK GILBERT GRAHAM, SON 
OF PASSENGER VICTIM BAISIE E. KING, DENVER, ADMITTED b7 

EARLY TODAY PREPARATION OF HOMEMADE BOMB AND PLACING OF SAME 
IN LUGGAGE OF KING PRIOR TO DEPARTURE ON UAL FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE, 
NOVEMBER ONE INSTANT. ALL OFFICES BEING ADVISED. BUREAU , NOTIFY 
SAN JUAN VIA RADIO. 


BURKE 



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tm 9^955 

TELETYPE 


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I Mr. Boardmaa- 
[ Mr. Nicbols 

1 Mt. Mohr- 

Mr. Paroonn- 

| Mr. Boson- - 

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Mr. Sizoo. 

1 Mr. Wmtaxi'ov/a- 

1 Tele. Boom-— 

1 Mr. Holloman— ' 
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ui^r-CTOR URGENT v . . • 

^TED AIRL INES. DC DASH SIX, FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE, 

— ' ' ____ r^Ttri dtttkic roRWARDHD 


--• ’ n M BElNG forwarded 

.. rn n mrrrni -".T*gTi.r T -sAan iASE. oo denve . 

• --- ....... .,.T, or nFNUFR TEL NOV NINE INSTANT, . / 


rmyNirr- mr-- —» Tk ,^_s 

™ „ .Nn S u FROM DENVER BY AIR HAIL. RE DENVER TEL NOV NINE^INST } 

1 WAS VICTIM OF INSTANT CRASH.' HIS 


HU 


resides 


~l RESIDES 


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INTERVIEW 


PURSUANT TO INSTRUC¬ 


TIONS IN RETELM HANDLE AS SPECIAL. ' BUDED NOVEMBER TWENTY TWO NEXT. 

&M> IMFDBMAl'TOH OJNTAINBD 

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MC CABE 

DENVER ADVISED BY MAIL 


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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

COMMUNICATIONS SECTION 


ALL INFORMATION CONTAIHS© v 
HEREIN, IS DNCIASSIHUS . i 


, NOV 9^1955 

TELETYPE 



cSlM 


Mr. 

Mr. ewoo_ 

Mr. WinterrowdL 

Tole. Room.- 

Mr. Holloman_ 


WASJ!S FROM NY 


IRECTOR 


URGENT 




CRASH UNITED AIRLINES, DC DASH SIX, FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE, LONGMONT, 
COLORADO, NOV ONE FIFTY FIVE* SABOTAGE, SA HAS 

ADVISED THAT Hp|_ DAS H IN DASH LAW, JAMES W, PURVIS, 

HUSBAND OF HIs | _|, WAS A PASSENGER ON CAPTIONED FLIGHT, 

JAMES W, PURVIS, OWNER OF CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERS AND CONTRACTORS, 


EIGHT ZERO ONE PORTOFTACOMA ROAD TACOMA, WASHINGTON, AGE APPROX¬ 
IMATELY THIRTY EIGHT, RESIDES FIVE SIX THREE SEVEN SOUTH PACIFIC 
AVENUE, TACOMA, WASHINGTON, JAMES W, PURVIS, PRESIDENT, TACOMA 
CHAPTER ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS, AND RETURNING TO TACOMA NOV 
ONE FIFTY FIVE FROM CONVENTION OF ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS 
AT DENVER, COLO, HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY CLARENCE TODD OF TACOMA, 


WASHINGTON 


ELEVEN AND 


, JAMES W, PURVIS SURVIVED BY WIFE. BOY ABOUT AGE , 

- - REco r™ “ H' 1 * '' J 

GIRL, AGE NINE, SA |_|NOT PERSONALLY ACQUAINTED 



ABOVE FURNISHED FOR INFO, 


KELLY 


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i Ur. Belmont 
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COMMtHMONS SECTION 

NOV %11955 




Tuy, LOS ANGELES 


TELETYPE 

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Mr. Totoo.- 

Mr. Bowrdmw— 
Mr. Nidwl*...—-J 
Mr. BeJaontUi 
Mr. Harbo—-— 

Mr. Mohr^.- 

Mr. Parsons.- 

Hr. Rouen*.- 

Mr. Tamm.-- 

Mr. Sizoo- 

Mr. Winterrowd_ 

Fx'olo. Room . . ■ " 

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CRASH, UNITED AIRLINES DC SIX, FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE, LONGMONT,. 

,_ l 

NOV. ONE LAST. SABOTAGE. REBUTEL NOV. NINE LAST. 




ON NOV. TEN LAST STATED ON RECONSIDERATION HE FELT NO ONE UAL EMPLOYEE 
COULD BE INVOLVED IN INSTANT CRASH AND THE TWO INCIDENTS DESCRIBED 
BY HIM AS THESE SEVERAL AIRCRAFTS WOULD NOT BE AT AIRPORTS ON SAME 
WORK SHIFT. HE STATED HE HAD NO KNOWLEDGE WHATEVER OF DELIBERATE 
DAMAGE AND HIS RELATING THESE INCIDENTS IS ONLY CONJECTURE. | ~ 

UAL, LA, ADVISED FLIGHT SIX THREE 



EIGHT DEPARTED LA OCT. TWELVE LAST AT ZERO ONE HUNDRED FOR CHICAGO 


J| jp VIA LAS VEGAS, DENVER AND OMAHA^_| UAL, 

-fUjfCG, ADVISED BY PHONE THAT AS SIX THREE EIGHT ARRIVED OVER CG, 


gUgLCG, ADVISED 


'm3 WARNING LIGHT INDICATED GEAR NOT LOCKED DOWN. COMMUNICATION TO GROUND 


1 ROUTED FLIGHT FROM MIDWAY TO Q-HARE FIELD WHERE PLANE 

/i 

SIS LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT. INSPECTION FOUND 


BRACKET HOLDING SPRING CABLE ASSEMBLY IN NOSE WHEEL WAS BROKEN WHICH 

■ 

HH IN TURN DAMAGED RETRACTING STRUT AND HYDRAULIC LINE. FLIGHT SIX ONE 
ONE ARRIVED LA ZERO THREE ONE ZERO OCT* FOURTEEN LAST. PILOT NOTED IN 
LOG QUOTE RIGHT MAIN GEAR FALLS OUT WHEN GEAR HANDLE IS IN NEUTRAL 
UNQUOTE. INSPECTION REVEALED UPLATCH ASSEMBLY AND MAIN GEAR DOOR 


OPERATING MECHANISM DAMAGED. 


STATED 


NOTHING UNUSUAL IN BRACKET BREAKING AND NO SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES 

_ tfECORDEfo.fifi T 


NOTED BY REPAIRMEN. HE ADVIS 


H HOLDS GEAR 


UP WHEN HYDRAULIC PRESSURE REMQvfiSr ffi CATK3H MM flgbffifoAR- WOULD DROP 
PART WAY AND DAMAGE DOOR MECHANISM. _ 

SIX ONE STATE& UPLATCH SHE AR BOLT 

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GEAR ON DOOR RODS BREAKING ONE. CAUSE OF BREAK NOT KNOWN BUT NOT UNDER 
SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. SHEAR BOLT IS DESIGNED TO BREAK IF CATCH 
FAILS AND SUBSEQUENT DAMAGE IS CAUSED BY NORMAL OPERATION OF GEAR UNDER 
b7C THIS SITUATION. UPLATCH WAS SENT TO UAL MAINTENANCE BASE, SF, AS CUS¬ 
TOMARY PROCEDURE. UNdI IfEEL BOTH THESE INCIDENTS USUAL 

HA2ARDS. LEADS TO CG AND SF BEING LEFT TO DISCRETION OF 00. RUC. 
MALONE 

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Mr. Boardmaa-Uc 
/ <HKr. Nichols— 

Mr. Belmont-- 

v Mr. Harbo-1 

' Mr. Mohr-— 1 

j Mr. Parsons-1 

Mr. Rosen-1 

Mr. Tamm-1 

Mr. Sizoo-— j 

1 Mr. Winterrowd- 

1 Tele. Room—- 

| Mr. Holloman— 

I Miss Gandy- 


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i< #lRECT0R, FBI AND SAC URGENT 

CRASH UNITED AIRLINES, DC DASH SIX, FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE, LONGMONT, 
C0L0 % , NOV, ONE, FIFTYFIVE. SABOTAGE-00 D, REDNTEL .-TO BU NOV 



Svd-t v*V 




NINE. FIFTYFIVE, 


BORN 


D. REDNTEL TO BU N01 


LEXINGTON 


COUNTY, S, C,, WAS VICTIM INSTANT CRASH, HOBGOOD HAS INSURANCE 
POLICY WITH PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE CO,, NK, NJ, NK CHECK INSURANCE 
RECORDS PURSUANT TO INSTRUCTIONS IN RETEL. BUDED NOV, TWENTY TWO, 
FIFTYFIVE, 


MC CABE 


CORR LINE 2 WD 7 SHD BE «DN," 
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STANDARD RMM MO. 94 


Office Memorandum 


• UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 


FROM » 


MS, A * JST. BELMONT 


F, J, BAUMGARDNER 



datb: November 10, 
1955 



subject: CRUAL - /S45C7 


all information gontabqed 
herein* uN<a<(^rFisD^ ^ ^ 


’JhaUhx. 


Tobon_ 

Boardman _ 
Nichols/_ 

Barbo _ 

Mohr _____ 

Parsons_ 

Rosen_ 

Tamm_ 

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The hem York Office is handling a number of leads 
in connection with the crash of United Airlines plane, Flight 629fV | 
at Longmont, Colorado, on November 1, 1955 • 


On November 10, 1955, ASAC Simon of the Nem York 
Office called and stated he wanted Bureau authority to contact 
members of the families of tha passengers who were on 

the ill-fated plane • I told \ \ that this is a simple 

criminal-type investigation and that a portion of the investigation 
will be direoted toward determining whether the plane could have 
been blown up by someone who had a motive to do away with one 
of the passengers » J told him that generally it would be 
necessary to contact relatives and members of the families of 
the deceased passengers • I asked him whether he had any specific 
m.flg-f-fnwa .concerning interviews with any specific individuals • 

_ stated he did not have any specific examples but just ^ 

wanted to know generally whether it would be alright to contact 
members of the families of the deceased passengers ♦ J told him b 
that it would be alright to contact members of the families but 
told him that if any specific problem arose and New York had any 
doubt as to the propriety of contacting any specific individual, 
the matter should be cleared through the Bureau prior to the 
interview • 

J pointed out to that the Bureau had already 

issued instructions that complete background investigations should 
be conducted with regard to each of the passengers in an attempt to 
establish a motive for homootde in connection with this matter 0 
He said that New York had received the Bureau's instructions « 

ACTION : 

This entire matter is being closely followed, . and you 

Will be kent advised nf nefttneni: devel f:i\ fih T-u ii'-l .V 


will be kept advised of pertinent developments^ib ij 

RECORDED - *6 




co - Mr * Belmont 


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FD-36 (6-21-55) 


\S 

I' FBI 


Transmit the following message via 


AIRTEL 


Bosrc: ^ \ 

~ V 5 Mr. Nich^ i 

Date: November 10, fisS2SiL.Jl j 

r Mr, Rose®_; 


(Priority or Method of Mailing) 


^FromSAC, DENVER (98-331) 

To: DIRECTOR, FBI, & SAC3 DALLAS & SEATTLE b7C 


Mr, Sizco_ 

Mr, WmtariwcL 

Tde, Room_ 

Mr, Holloman_ 

Miss Gandy . 


CRUAL 

SABOTAGE 


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There was contained in the "Denver Post" for November 3> 
1955^ page two, an article captioned "Airline Probe Recalls 
2 Midair Bomb Plots." 



The first referred to the Quebec crash on September 9, 
1949 , which was caused by a time bomb placed aboard the plane 
by ALBERT GUAY, 32, a jeweler. The explosion, which blasted 
the plane to bits in the air, killed GUAY’s wife and 22 
others. 

The second case referred to which allegedly was nipped 
by police in Dallas, Texas, before it could be carried out, 
was just a week after GUAY was hanged, in January, 1951. 

It involved a man named JACK TODD, 30, well-known Dallas 
police character, who was arrested as he boarded an American 
Air Lines DC -6 carrying an eight-inch stick of nitroglycerine. 

Authorities said the jellied nitroglycerine was powerful 
enough to have blown the plane, carrying 48 passengers, to 
bits. The explosive was found in TODD’s pocket and he was 
removed from the plane. 

It is suggested that the Dallas Office review the facts 
of this case with the Dallas Police to ascertain if there .could 
possibly be any connection between JACK TODD and this disaster. 
Also, it is pointed out. that there was one, CLARENCE W. TODD, 
passenger, on Flight 629, whose home address is 226 Del Monte 
Avenue, Tacoma, Washington. It is suggested that information 
supplied by the Dallas Office.be furnished the Seattle Office 
who is investigating the background of CLARENCE W. TODD, the 


passenger on Flight 629. 

RECORDED - 86 

RKM/ms bX-125 


RKM/ms 

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2 CC: Dallas 
2 CC: Seattle 

Approved: - 


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Mr. Belmont 


Approved: -:- IjUliiJ-.f3C 

Special Agent ni Chafge i 

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COAMHUNICATIONS skip 

NOV 

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DIRECTOR FBI AND SATr , *NrGTyORK AND SEATTLE URGENT 

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MM, RE DENVER AIRTEL NOVEMBER EIGHT AND NY TELETYPE N0\ 


MHB, RE DENVER AIRTEL NOVEMBER EIGHT AND NY TELETYPE NOV 
ELEVEN LAST. 

WHO WAS ABOARD INSTANT FLIGHT FROM NEW YORK CITY TO 
CHICAGO ADVISED NOVEMBER ELEVEN NINETEEN FIFTYFIVE THAT 


LAST NAME BELIEVED TO BE 


TEXACO OIL CO. , 


SEATTLE, WASHINGGTON DEPARTED FLIGHT AT CHICAGO TO VISIT RELATIVES 
BEFORE REPORTING TO WORK NOVEMBER SEVEN NINETEEN FIFTYFIVE. WHILE 
AT AIRPORT IN CHICAGO SHE OBTAINED RESERVATIONS AT CONRAD HIL TON 

HOTEL, CHICAGO. SHE IS DESCRIBED As | \ \Gl _ 

INCHES _ WEARING 



DARK BLUE SUIT, CARRYING HEAVY RED COAT OR JACKET, NEW YORK WILL 


.ATTEMPT TO VERIFY RESERVATION OF 



AS NAME NOT LISTED IN 


REFERENCED TELETYPE, SEATTLE WILL ATTEMPT TO LOCATE AND INTERVIEW 

-1 b'7 

_|RE DESTINATION AFTER LEAVING THIS FLIGHT, NUMBER AND CONTENT 

OF LUGGAGE WITH EMPHASIS RE ANY LUGGAGE FORWARDED BEYOND STOPOVER 
ON FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE WITH PARTICULAR VIEW TO DEVELOPMENT OF ANY 
SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES OBSERVED PRIOR OR ENROUTE OR POSSIBLE MOTIVES 
FOR SABOTAGE, BUDED NOVEMBER TWENTYTWO NINETEEN FIFTYFIVE. 


FOSTER 

SEATTLE ADVISED 




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FMPJli, BUREAU OF liWESTiGATJQH 
&& DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 




nov 


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CRASH UNITED AIRLINES, DC DASH SIX, FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE 
LONGMONT, COLO,, NOV, ONE NINETEEN FIFTY FIVE, SABOTAGE. RE DEICER 
TEL ELVEN DASH EIGHT DASH FIFTY FIVE, TWENTY FIVE MECHANICS AND 
j? BAGGAGE HANDLERS INVOLVED IN HANDLING INSTANT AIRCRAFT INTERVIEWED AT 

*r 

J UAL, LA GUARDIA FIELD, NYC, NOV. TEN LAST, EXCEPT AS POINTED OUT BELOW 

fc: NO PERTIENT INFO DEVELOPED, APPROXIMATELY THIRTY TWO ADDITIONAL EM- 


M PLOYES OF UAL INCLUDING NEW YORK FLIGHT PERSONNEL OF INSTANT AIRCRAFT 
WILL BE AVAILABLE AND INTERVIEWED AT NYC NOV, ELEVEN, CLEM CONATY 

r-mm chief of aircraft maintenance ual accompanied by agents inspected 




SIMILAR DC-SIX IN UNITED HANGAR. DURING INSPECTION IT WAS NOTED THAT 


I ON OUTSIDE PORTION OF AIRCRAFT JUST AFT OF PIT NUMBER FOUR IS A ONE FOOI? 

SQUARE COVER THAT HOUSES VENT UTILIZED IN COOLING OR HEATING 'AIRCRAFT J 

WHILE ON THE GROUND, WHEN COVER IS OPENED A VENT APPROXIMATELY TEN } 

INCHES IN DIAMETER AND APPROXIMATELY THREE FEET LONG IS EXPOSED, I 

POSSIBILITY EXISTS THAT THIS SPACE COULD BE UTILIZED FOR INSERTION 

tQ’-'CLUMct; ■ *; 

OF BOMB OR OTHER EXPLOSIVE MATERIAL THAT WOULD FIT INTO SUCH A SPACE. '* 

DENVER IF NOT ALREADY DONE SHOULD INTERVIEW ANY PERSONELL THAT HAD ACCeS 


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TO THIS PART OF THE PLANE OR USED ANY EQUIPMENT IN HEATING THIS ARICRAFT 
THROUGH THIS VENT. IN VIEW OF THE PROXIMITY OF PIT NUMBER FOUR TO J 
AIR COOLING -QUOTE HEATING UNQUOTE VENT FBI LABRATORY IF NOT 

■ rr i ■ ■ - . - 

ALREADY DONE IS REQUESTED TO EXPLORE POSSIBILITY OF ANY REACTION THE 
PASSAGE OF HEAT THROUGH THE VENT MIGHT HAVE ON CARGO STORED IN PIT 
RESULTING IN SUBSEQUENT EXPLOSION. T HE LABRATORY IS FURT HER | 

TO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES OF FOREIGN SUBSTANCES IEINC BLOWN INTO 
THE VENT BY GROUND HEATING EQUIPMENT IF SOME WAS USED IN LAY OVER IN 
DENVER WHICH MIGHT RESULT IN INSTANT EXPLOSION, 

UAL, STATES THAT PIT NUMBER FOUR CONTAINED ONLY MATERIAL b7C 
DESTINED FOR CHICAGO. ALL MATERIAL FOR DENVER AND BEYOND LOADED IH 
PIT NUMBER THREE, ©Iff W& IN ACCORDANCE WITH B*NVfR TIL OR ELEVEN 
DASH EIGHT DASH FIfff FIVE REQUESTED TO INTERVIEW ALL PERSONS AT 

ual Chicago umuim aircraft on stop mm in Chicago to ommn the 


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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

COMMUNICATIONSSECTION 
L NOV |11955 
TEI^ETYPE 


J Mr. ToIsohl 
^Mr. Board 
Mr. NidtolsL. 


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Mr, 1 . Mchra 


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Mr. Wir.tarrowd_ 
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: Miss Ga&dy._ 

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“f R teletype to director euveVnine P?rmiW flvv ,. 


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SIX THREE FIVE S. MINNESOTA , WICHITA, KANSAS, 

RECEIVED 


OF PASSENGER THOMAS L. CROUCH, ADVISEsI 


UNDESIRABLE DISCHARGE FROM ARMY SIX NINE FI^?I^ REASon 
UNKNOWN, REMAINING IN SEATTLE TO WORK UNTIL RETURN TO WICHITA 
SEVEN NINE FIFT| FIVE. WORKED IN SEATTLE POR MAN, NAME BELIEVED 

WHO VISITED WICHITA LATTER PART OF SEPTEMBER 


TO BE 


FOR ABOUT FOU R DAYS, ENTERTAINING AND PR ESENTING nm To 

AND a Kin I 

- I __AND of 


PASSENGER. 


PASSENGER FOR RETURN TO SEATTLE. PASSENGER 


and HIS FREQUENT absences fr om home causeJ 
DIVORCE TEN'EIGHT FIFTYFIVE. 


LATER ARRANGED PASSAGE OR SENT MONEY TO 

WHILE AT HOME, 


FILE SUIT FOR 


STATED PASSENGER AND SHE ONCE 


—« mu/ oniL UN* 

PARATED BECAUSE OF PASSE NGER-S INVOLVEMENT WITH MAN SHE SUS¬ 
PECTED OP BEINcI I. I }lSO SUSPECTS THAT POSSIBLE 

I- 


n ‘-|_bUSPECTS THAT 

Relationship existed between passenger and 


STATING SHE DID NOT BELIEVE HER HUSBAND Tj> I Blrr 

THOUGHT HE COULD POSSIBLY Wfe| I^Llw^ sIRE 
FOR MONEY, I Im/rcnc. _-A- lZb ..... 7 


JlDVISES PASSENGER LEFT l/lcH*«^fsA«®DAf, 


1 -* J 'wnwwuftl. 

^^obeRJ^ntynine last, via airlines enrWtf for- s***«i. 


BUT 


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PAGE TWO 

BELIEVES HE STOPPED OVER AT DENVER TO VISIT UNKNOWN GIRL. 
STATES PASSENGER, TO HER KNOWLEDGE, HAD NO SUICIDAL OR 


HOMICIDAL TENDENCIES, NO INSURANCE POLICIES, AND WAS NOT VERSED 
IN USE OF EXPLOSIVES, OR CARRYING EXPLOSIVES. ALSO ADVISES 
PASSENGER MADE TWO ATTEMPTS AT RECONCILIATION ON THURSDAY AND 
FRIDAY PRIOR TO DEPARTURE, WHICH SHE REFUSED. 




0 

PASSENGER, ADVISED THAT 





OF THORN AND MARBLE CO., MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS, 


FOUR TWO TWO FIVE TWENTYTHIRD AVE. WEST, SEATTLE, WASH. 



iOME ADDRESS 


1 

PASSENGER AND 


UNABLE TO ADVISE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN 


BUT STATED PASSENGER MET1 


WHEN HE RETURNED FROM OVERSEAS SERVICE WITH ARMY AND ANSWERED 


NEWSPAPER WANT AD PLACED BY| 
LOUISE ALSO STATED 


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b7D 


b7C 


FOR EMPLOYEES FOR HIS RANCH, 


b7D 


PURCHASED CLOTHES, DIAMOND RING, 


AND WRISTWATCH FOR PASSENGER, AND PAID FOR HIS PASSAGE TO 
SEATTLE, WHERE PASSENGER WAS TO BE EMPLOYED By| 

POSITION NOT KNOWN, 


DROVE PASSENGER TO WICHITA AIRPORT 


TEN TWENTYNINE FIFTYFIVE, APPROXIMATELY SIX THIRTY PM, AND 
STATED HE SEEMED IN GOOD SPIRITS, AND PLANNED STOP IN DENVER 





PAGE THREE 
TO VISIT UNKNOWN GIRL. 


STATED PASSENGER HAD NO SUICIDAL 


OR HOMICIDAL TENDENCIES AND NO INSURAN 
OF CONDOLENCE, WRITTEN TO HER AN 



FURNISHED BY 


ONE DATED ELEVEN ONE FIFTYFIVE WHICH READ 


IN PART, QUOTE LAST NIGHT WHEN I RETIRED AT ABOUT TEN PM, I 
JUST COULD NOT SLEEP, SO AROSE AND SMOKED, TRIED GOING BACK TO 
BED AND THEN FINALLY GOT UP AT ABOUT MIDNIGHT, DROVE INTO TOWN, 
HAD SOME COFFEE, THEN DECIDED TO GO RIGHT IN TO THE OFFICE AND 
DO SOME WORK WHICH HAD ACCUMULATED. I ARRIVED AT THE OFFICE AT 
ABOUT TWO THIRTY PM AND WORKED UNTIL EIGHT AM WHEN THE ENGINEER 


CAME IN AND TOLD ME ABOUT THE ACCIDENT AND SHOWED ME THE MORNING 


PAPER WITH 



AME IN IT. UNQUOTE. NOTE LETTER STATES 


TWO THIRTY PM. LETTERS ALSO REFLECT 



OFFERED TO PAY 


FOR FUNERAL EXPENSES AND GRAVE MARKER FOR PASSENGER. LETTERS 
BEING PHOTOSTATED BY KC, AND COPIES WILL BE FURNISHED AIR MAIL 


TO WA, DN, AND SE. 



REQUESTS HER NAME REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL 


AS SOURCE OF LETTERS, CONTINENTAL AIRLINES OFFICE AT WICHITA 
ADVISES PASSENGER DEPARTED WICHITA SIX TWENTYNINE PM, TEN 
TWENTYNINE FIFTYFIVE, FLIGHT THREE FOUR ONE, AND MADE NO REQUEST 
FOR DENVER TO SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION. IT IS NOTED 
EXPECTED TO MEET PASSENGER AT SEATTLE, AND STATED IN LETTER TO 












HE VISITED AIRPORT ON OCT, TWENTYNINE AND 


OCT, THIRTY LAST, BUT PASSENGER FAILED TO ARRIVE. SEATTLE 
WILL INTERVIEW SEVERANCE AND ASCERTAIN HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH 
PASSENGER I I AND HIS WHEREABOUTS AND ACTIVITIES PREVIOUS 

TO CRASH. ST. LOUIS WILL ATTEMPT TO LOCATE MILITARY RECORD 
OF THOMAS L. CROUCH, SERIAL NUMBER UNKNOWN, IT BEING NOTED 
THAT IN JANUARY LAST HE SERVED IN ELEVENTH AIRBORNE RECONAISSANCE 
AT FT, CAMPBELL, KY, KC CONTINUING INVESTIGATION AT WICHITA 
TO IDENTIFY UNKNOWN GIRL WHOM PASSENGER ALLEGEDLY VISITED IN 
DENVER. 


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END 

O PERATOR S — -A-T"?OP>“OF~PA€£- THRE^ PLEASE-INTERLINE THE FOLLOWING TWO' 
L INE S ■ ON TYPE - WRI - TE R-’TO—FACILITATF REftfrfWG 

STATED Pft-WfifWfifr NO" StTlCTBAir 


TO-Vi-SfT UNKNOWN GIRL. 


OR-KOMir.TDAl. TENDENCIES•AND--NO 'INSURANCE POtfOiSS* THREE LETTERS" 
5-30 PM OK FBI WA MES 
OK FBI SL AJM 


DN AND SE TO BE ADVISED 


C0: MR. 


DISC PLS 


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FEDERAL BUREAU CF JfJVESTKJATION 
0. S DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

COMMONICATIMIS^ECTION 

NOV Ifi 1955 

TELETYPE 


4-22 PM CST 


11-12-55 


\/k ' ^/DIRECTOR AND .SACS -DENVER*^KANSAS CITY AND SEATTLE 

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CRUAL. RE KC TELETYPE NOV. ELEVEN LAST. THE ARMY SERVICE RECq 
FOR THOMAS LEROY CROUCH WAS REVIEWED TODAY BY SE 


AND SAID RECORD REFLECTS THAT CROUCH ENLISTED IN THE REGULAR AFHTT 
ON MARCH TWENTY TWO FORTYEIGHT AND ENTERED ON ACTIVE DUTY ON SAME 
DATE AT JOPLIN, MO, UNDER ASN RA ONE SEVEN TWO THREE NINE EIGHT 
FIVE THREE. HE WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED ON ELEVEN THIRTY FIFTY 
AS A CORPORAL IN ORDER TO RE-ENLIST. RE-ENLISTED IN RA ON TWELVE 
ONE FIFTY AND EOD SAME DATE AT FT. CAMPBELL, KY.. HE WAS GIVEN AN 
UNDESIRABLE DISCHARGE ON SIX NINE FIFTYFIVE AT FT. LEWIS, WASH. AS 
A PVT. DASH ONE BY REASON OF ARMY REGULATION SIX ONE FIVE DASH THREE 
SIX EIGHT, SPN DASH SEVEN EIGHT DUE TO UNFITNESS, HABITS AND TRAITS 
OF CHARACTER RENDERING HIS RETENTION IN THE SERVICE UNDESIRABLE. 

HE WAS TRIED AND CONVICTED BY THREE SPECIAL COURTS MARTIAL FOR 
BEING AWOL FROM FOUR EIGHT FIFTYTWO TO FIVE TWO FIFTYTWO, 

FROM EIGHT TWO FIFTYTWO TO EIGHT TWENTYNINE FIFTYTWO, AND FROM THREE 
TWENTYFIVE FIFTYFIVE TO THREE THIRTY FIFTYFIVE. SENTENCE TO FORFEIT 
A TOTAL OF N ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS, TO PERFORM HARD LABOR 


AND CONVICTED BY SUMMARY COU 


SIX MONTHS OF WHICH WAS REM 
MSM ON fowl 6? 


FOR A TOTAL OF NINE MONTHS, SIX MONTHS OF V$ICH WAS REMITTED. TRIED 

;<T~ 


FIFTYFIVE 


FOR FAILING TO OBEY A LAWFUL GENE^A'lJ^&GULATION BY CLIMBING THE 

fa W* l r t it}S5 

WALL OF CAMP CHICKAMAUGA, JAPAN. SENTENCED TO BE RESTRICTED TO 


COMPANY AREA FOR THIRTY DAYS, FORFEITURE OF TWENTYFIVE DOLLARS FOR 

Vic 

2NE—MONTH AN D S REDUCED IN GRADE TO PFC. HE LOST ONE DAY FOR AWOL 
xv. Belmost 









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PAGE TWO 

ON ELEVEN TWENTYEIGHT FORTYNINE FOR WHICH NO DISPOSITION WAS SHOWN. 
TREATED FOR GONORRHEA ON THREE DIFFERENT OCCASIONS, HE SERVED 
NINE MONTHS AND FIFTEEN DAYS IN JAPAN, HE WAS AWARDED THE GOOD 
CONDUCT MEDAL, NAT-L. DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL AND SENIOR PARACHUTIST 
BADGE. A MEDICAL EXAMINATION WAS MADE ON CROUCH ON FOUR SEVEN 
FIFTYFIVE AND IT WAS FOUND THAT CROUCH WAS A HEAVY DRINKER QUOTE 
WHO DRINKS TO GET NERVE ENOUGH TO DO WHAT HE WANTS TO DO UNQUOTE. 

THE EXAMINING PHYSICIAN FOUND NO DISQUALIFYING MENTAL OR PHYSICAL 
DEFECTS TO WARRANT DISCHARGE FROM SERVICE, BORN ELEVEN THIRTEEN 
THIRTY DELAWARE, OKLAHOMA, HT. SIX FEET ONE, WT. ONE SIX TWO POUNDS, 
RACE WHITE, HAIR AND EYES BROWN, COMPLEX. RUDDY, BUILD LIGHT. 
EDUCATION - TWO HEARS HIGH SCHOOL. CIVILIAN OCCUPATION - LABORER, 
MILITARY OCCUPATION - PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST, PARA¬ 
CHUTIST, ARMORED RECONNAISSANCE CREWMAN, ADDRESS-BOX FOUR NAUGHT 
TWO, GENERAL DELIVERY, DELAWARE, OKLAHOMA FORTYEIGHT TO FIFTYFIVE, 
RELATIVES, 


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PARENTS, DELAWARE, OKLA, 










KY, THE FILES FAILED TO REFLECT ANY PHOTO FOR CROUCH. 



END 

WA 5-30 PM OK FBI WA MES 
DN OK FBI DN HG 
KC OK FBI KC MEJ 
SE OK 


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BI FBI SE RWR 


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BI LOS ANGELES 


'■‘derai sur^Au of luVcsncunoh 
u. s DEPARTMENT of justice 

COMMUNICATIONS SECTION 

NOV i 2/1955 


TELETYPE 


11-12-55 


DIRECTOR, FBI AND SAC, DENVER 


2-OS PM 


URGENT 


Tolflon_ 

Nfc Boardmwu^ 
Nichoja__ 

safe* 

Mr. Mohr__i 

Parson3___ 

Rosen_ 

&■* Tamm._ 

Sizoo_ 

fz\ WinterrowdL 1 
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■ r « Holloman_| 

-JSS Gmi*v2JU I 


CRUALSAB, ) RETEL DENVER TO BUREAU NOVEMBER ELEVEN LAST. 



_|_| SENTENCED 

AT LA JULY TWENTYEIGHT FIFTYONE TO 0 DASH TWENTY YEARS FOR ATTEMPTED 
MURDER AND PAROLED FROM SAN QUENTIN JANUARY TWENTYEIGHT LAST. HIS 


MOTHER AND FATHER STATE 


PERTINENT DATES. 



ESIDES WITH THEM AND WAS HOME ON 


EMPLOYED COMPTON FRICTION MATERIALS CO., 


COMPTON, CALIF,, DENIES ANY KNOWLEDGE OF INSTANT CRASH OR DISCUSSING 
HIS OFFENSE WITH OTHERS AT SAN QUENTIN. HE STATES NO ONE HAS SHOWN 
INTEREST METHOD USED BY HIM. COPY OF LAPD LABORATORY REPORT RELATING 
TO I I INCENDIARY BOMB BEING SENT TO DENVER FOR INFO. FBI 


LAB PERSONNEL. 


MALONE .JjaMBOMB* 


WA AND DN ACK FOR 3 MSGS 
WA 5-11 PM OK FBI WA PC 
OK FBI DN HG -ACK FOR 3 


•&3ST7 CCl 


Mr. Parsons 




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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

COMMUNICATIONS SECTION 
NOV 12 1955 
TELETYPE 


f 



11-12-55 


1-22 PM 
URGENT 


EVS 



AND SAC,. DENVER 


^CRUALSAB^RET'DN TEL ELEVEN TEN AND tit TEL ELEVEN TWELVE. UAL, C 
FURNISHED FOLLOWING FIGURES CONCERNING CARGO ORIGINATING AT CG AND 
TRANSSHIPPED AT CG, LOADED ON FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE. UAL NOT SURE FIGURES 
CORRECT. WILL FURNISH MORE COMPLETE INFO WHEN OBTAINED. UAL, CG, FUR¬ 
NISHED COMPLETE LIST TO UAL, DN, ELEVEN TWO LAST. MAIL.. DESTINATION 
BN, TWENTYFOUR PCS., TWO FIVE SIX LBS SEMICOLON PD, TWENTYFOUR PCS., 

TWO ONE TWO LBS. SEMICOLON SE ONE PC., SEVENTEEN LBS. EXPRESS.. 


DESTINATION DN, SIXTEEN PCS., TWO FOUR EIGHT LBS. SEMICOLON PD TWO 
PCS., SIXTYFIVE LBS. SEMICOLON SE ONE PIECE, NINE LBS. RR EXPRESS, 
LAST FOUR OF SIX DIGIT NUMBERS ON WAY BILLS.. ONE NINE SEVEN ONE TO 
BOISE, ONE PKG., TWENTYEIGHT LBS. SEMICOLON FOUR NINE EIGHT EIGHT TO 
SALT LAKE CITY, ONE PKG., SIXTEEN LBS. SEMICOLON ALL TO DN, SIX SIX 
SEVEN SIX, ONE PKG., TWO LBS. SEMICOLON ZERO SEVEN ZERO FOUR, TWO 
PK6S., FORTY LBS. SEMICOLON TWO SEVEN HUNDRED, ONE PKG., TWELVE LBS. 








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SIX THREE SIX, ONE PKG., FIVE LBS. SEMICOLON SIX NINE TWO SEVEN, 

ONE PKG., FIVE LBS. SEMICOLON AND TO PORTLAND, ZERO SEVEN ZERO FIVE, 
ONE PKG., TWENTY LBS. ALL ABOVE ORIGINATED CG. FOLLOWING CARGO TRAN-* 
SFERRED TO FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE FROM OTHER FLIGHTS. EXPRESS.. DESTINA¬ 
TION DN, SEVEN PCS., ONE TWO ZERO LBS SEMICOLON PD, ONE PC., FORTYFIVE 
LBS. SEMICOLON SE ONE PC., NINE LBS. AIR FREIGHT FROM CG.. EIGHTEEN 
PCS., DESTINATION DN, SIX NINE TWO LBS. SEMICOLON SEVENTEEN PCS., 
DESTINATION PD, FOUR SIX TWO LBS. SEMICOLON FQRTYTWQ PCS., DESTIN¬ 
ATION SE, EIGHT NINE ONE LBS. RE NY TEL STATES 

| KNEW OF OR HEARD OF THREATENING CALL TO UAL PILOT. | 

FLEW DN THIS AM. DN INTERVIEW RE THREATENING CALL. 

HOS TETTER 
DENVER ADVISED 
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d .'-'-Gl Mr. Nieholi 


FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

COHMCATIONi/SECTION 


NOV 1 jZ 1955 
TELETYPE 


Mr. Mote , .n 
Mr, PsgQO&G IW —. 
Mr. l&onm -- 
Mr, Ttrna 

| Mr. Oisoc_ 

Mr. Wirt/“.vrowiL 

M®. ]&oo*r- 

Mr. HollomcEa_ 

Mies Gmfe_—~ 


'Bl p SAN FRANCISCO 


11-12-55 


11-49 AM 


BAUMG. 


DIRECTOR-AND. SACS DENVER, LOS ANGELES, AND NEW YORK 



V Crust U'di 


O.R CENT 


GC'/VStvb £:XF > /<? , $ iorv OfK o P' U /J~ 3 - b ' .57?^ # 7/? 

IRWmi. RE NY TEL TO BUREAU THIS DATE. INQUIRY AT UAL PASSENGER 

AGENCY, SF, REVEALED NO LEADS TO LOCATE APPROPRIATE 


AGENCY, SF, REVEALED NO LEADS TO LOCATE]_ APP 

STOPS PLACED WITH UAL, SF. IF LA INVESTIGATION NEGATIVE LA 


REQUESTED TO SUTEL NY FOR ADDITIONAL INFO RE 



VACATION 


SCHEDULE AND WHEREABOUTS AS MIGHT BE OBTAINED THROUGH RELATIVES AND 
FELLOW EMPLOYEES IN NYC 



END AND ACK IN ORDER PLS 
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DUJ FB OK FBI LA CJL 
DN OK FBI DN TC 


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COMMUNICATIONS SECTION 

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C, DETROIT 


11-12-55 


3-12 PM EST AED 


DIRECTOR, FBI AND SAC, DENVER URGENT 

o(Jis_ui ^ *3 ( ifrv i,\ V SI:. // « 

- SABOTAGE, 7 

v" c, t u • *?> h ) 

RE DE TEL TO DIRECTOR NOVEMBER TEN LAST* 



> 


F CRASH VICTIM, 


INTERVIEWED OKEMOS, MICH, 


THIS DATE* SHE STATED 


TRAVELING WITH ONE SUITCASE, TWO 


SUITER SIZE, DESCRIBED AS DARK BROWN BEARING INITIALS J. E* S. IN 

7 _ b7C 

GOLD STAMPED NEAR HANDLE, IDENTIFIED WITH NAME AND COMPANY BY 
LEATHER IDENTIFICATION TAG, AND WAS CARRYING THREE SUITS ON HANGER WITH 
CELLOPHANE COVERING. 


WAS CARRYING GMC SUITCASE REFERRED TO IN 


RETEL, 
VICTIM 


NOT AWARE OF ANY PACKAGES CARRIED OR CHECKED BY 

| NQT CARRYING 


AND 


ANY TYPE OF EXPLOSIVESJ 


ADVISED 


RELATED VICTIM WAS DEVOTED, HAPPY 


FAMILY MAN AND WAS HIGHLY REGARDED BY BUSINESS ASSOCIATES AND 
NEIGHBORS* 


WAS A HUMBLE INDIVIDUAL WHO HAD NO KNOWN ENEMIES. 


NOT 


ACQUAINTED WITH FINANCIAL STATUS OF VICTIM, BUT WAS COGNIZANT THAT HE 
CARRIED HUGE AMOUNTS OF LIFE AND RETIREME NT INSURANCE, WHICH WOULD 
LEAVE FAMILY WITH MONTHLY INCOME IN EVENT OF HIS DEATH 


NOR HIS 


WIFE HAD NO RELATIVES MIDWEST SECTION OF THE COUNTRY. DETAILED LETTER 


FOLLOWS. 


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DIRECTOR, FBI AND SACS, DENVER AND NEW YORK 


i£ 


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URGENT 


j£r. Tolson. 


:r. Boardmi 
Mr. Njtfhoii 

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Mr. Mohr__—- 

Mr. Parsons-- 

Mr. Rosea-- 


Mr. Tamm_ 


j Mr. Sizoo- 

! Mr. WinterrowdL 


Tela. Roo?n..— 
Mr. j&oUouuudl 


! Min Gaxidiy^yu 

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v CRUALSAB,A RENYC TEL NOV, TWELVE, UAL LA HAS NO LOCAL OR ADVANCE 

LISTING ON STOPS PLACED WITH UAL, SUGGEST NY 

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OBTAIN ADDITIONAL INFO, PER SF TEL THIS DATE, 


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DIRECTOR, FBI, SACS, DENVER AND SAN DIEGO 


URGENT 


a Mr. Tolso: 
sty>J\ v ’tor. BoardmaaiL 
v Mr. Nichols-—-' 



) Mr. Mohr. 

$ Mr. Parsons-- 

J Mr. Ro3eu-— 

^ Mr. Tairra-_ 

Mr. Sisoo- 


Mr. T/interrowcL. 

t Tels. Room -— 

m lir. Holloman—- 

Hfes Gam 



C CRUALSAB. X RE NY TEL NOV. TWELVE. 


LA BY AMERICAN AIRLINES OCT. TWENTY FOR 


RESERVATION MADE AT b7C 


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TWO FOUR FOUR SEVEN THREE, THIS IS NUMBER OF WORLD TRAVEL BUREAU, 
SIX ONE EIGHT NORTH MAIN, SANTA ANA. SAN DIEGO LOCATE AND 
INTERVIEW BENNETT RE OCCUPATION, REASON FOR CANCELLATION OF FLIGHT 
WITH VIEW TO DEVELOPMENT OF ANY SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES OR MOTIVES 



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DENVER 


RXEftAL euriEAO OF INSTIGATION 
Jfe). 8 DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

^loMMUNIMTIONS SECTION 

NOV 124955 

TOUpnfPfi 

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99- 12-55 2-15 PM 


'DIRECTOR, FBI AND SAC, CHICAGO URGENT 

W/VStci, tjttfUsiw <?«<('(2 c\-iy' A.”/;*••«, lb3’H’5' SAbol A< 

MHMIi. RE NY AND CG TELETYPES ELEVEN TWELVE. 


§ • Toisos? 

» BoardmanJ 
. Nichole^_ 

Mohr._ 

Parsons__ 

Mr. Rosen__ 

Mr. Tamm__ 

Mr. ©g)o_ 

Mr. Wm^rrowd. 

Tele. Room_„ 

: Mr. Holloman_ 


UAL FLIGHT ENGINEER, LEFT DN FOR CG TWELVE TWENTY-FIVE P 
ON FLIGHT SIX_ZERO SIX. CG INTERVIEW RE THREATENING CAL 


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CORRECTI O N■' frfrTE ~FTRST LIMETI -12- 
NAME LAST-LINE J IS- ■BURKE - _ 

END 00: MR. Bmri.niM I-. 

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CG OK FBI CG EVS 

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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
U. $. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

COMMUNICATIONS SECTION 


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NOV 12 1955 


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Mi?o Bizoo_ 

Mr, W mtsmmd- 


11-12-55 11-45 AM PM EST 


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j taster o f ? e A 2 LD ,, 
curalsab' re wfo tel November eleven ‘last? 

FIRST NAMlI L„„J-1 ’ 


URGE! 



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JvT. Sj&GfsiQi 


I- ■ 1 UNABLE TO DETERMINE 

first name or INITIALS OE . however!- 

RE CEIVED extens ive publicity for type of operation perfor 

0N I-|shscest wfo also check records ceorcetown 

HOSPITAL AND ST. ELIZABETH HOSPITAL. 



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FEDERAL BUREAU OF I.T/ESftGATION 
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W GOMMUNIQAnfljnCCTION 

NOV fz 1955 




JPBI, OMAHA 11-12-55 

DIRECTOR, FBI AND SAC, DENVER 


6-16 PM 

,. URGENT • • 


, 3 £a ; f * , 

-Mr. .. 

Mr. N 
Mr. 

Mr. flarlo^L_ 

Mr. Mohr_ 

Mr. Parsons-- 

Mr. Iic3en___ 

Mr. Tamm__ 

Mr. Shoo _ 

Mr. WinfcerawdL 
Tele. Room-- 

Mxv> Hejlomaa^— 


ELVE INSTANT, INVESTIGATION 

[_ 


- 77 - 


DEVELOPED PASSENGER IDENTIFIED AS| 

--77- 

IBM, DES MOINES, IOWA. |_ 

COMPLETED THREE WEEKS TRAINING COURSE IBM, ENDICOTT, NY, PRIOR 
TO FLIGHT AND WAS RETURNING TO DES MOINES ON RETURN TICKET b7c 

PREVIOUSLY HELD. BAGGAGE CONSISTED OF THREE SUIT CASES CHECKED 
CONTAINING WEARING APPARELL AND CAMERA AND SHE CARRIED A HAT BOX, 

THIS BAGGAGE ARRIVED WITH HER ON FLIGHT FROM CG TO DES 

MOINES, SHE OBSERVED NOTHING OF A SUSP ICIOUS NATURE DURING _ 

(* 

FLIGHT NY TO Cfb, ADDISON IDENTIFIED AS 

CPA, DES MOINES, WHO LEFT DES MOINES ON OCTOBER TWENTYONE 
LAST TO ATTEND AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ACCOUNTANTS IN WASHINGTON, D.3. 
ORIGINALLY PLANNED TO VISIT SON STATIONED NATIONAL AIRLINES, NY, WHICH 
WOULD ACCOUNT FOR RESERVATIONS INSTANT FLIGHT NY TO CG, BUT UPON 
ASCERTAINING SON NOT IN NY THIRTY- THIRTYFIRST, CANCELLED 
RESERVATIONS AND RETURNED DES MOINES FROM WASHINGTON. 

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COMMUNICATIONSJI^HIH 

MOV 1^955 




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TELETYPE 


'BI, CHICAGO 


U-12-55 


6-40 PM 


DIRECTOR, FBI, AND SAC, DENVER URGENT 


CRUALSAB 


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RE CG TEL NOVEMBER ELEVEN LAST. EFFORTS TO IDENTIFY ALLEGED NEGRO 
WHO ALLEGEDLY PLACED PACKAGE ON INSTANT AIRCRAFT ON DEPARTURE CG NOT 
IDENTIFIED. UAL PERSONNEL ADVISED BABY STROLLER WAS LAST ITEM PLACED 
IN PIT FOUR. INVESTIGATION CONTINUING. UAL PERSONNEL ADVISED LIGHT 
IN COCKPIT WOULD GO ON IF HATCH OPENED. DN DETERMINE FROM CREW 
MEMBERS, CG TO DN, IF LIGHT WENT ON IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. 
INTERVIEW REFLECTS ONLY MECHANICAL DEFICIENCY AT CG WERE LOOSE OIL 
CAP ON NUMBER TWO ENGINE WHICH WAS REPLACED AND DEFECTIVE DEICER ON 
NUMBER FOUR ENGINE WHICH WAS RENDERED INOPERATIVE AND DID NOT AFFECT 
AIR WORTHINESS OF PLANE. TABULATION OF CARGO LOADED AT CG INCLUDED 
MAIL, EXPRESS AND FREIGHT FURNISHED UAL DN BY UAL CG, SUGGEST TO 
AVOID DUPLICATION OF EFFORT THIS INFORMATION BE OBTAINED FROM UAL DN 
AND FURNISHED THIS OFFICE TOGETHER WITH IDENTITY OF CARGO RECOVERED, 
IF INTERVIEW OF SHIPPERS, CG, DESIRED RE ITEMS NOT RECOVERED, 


HOSTETTER | 
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OK FBI DN WWW f 




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DOM. INTEL. 


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o.s department OF justice 

COMMUHICMIOHS SECT 10 H 

NOV 1955 


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FBI new haven 


11-12-55 


3-04PM 


1 IBs* • ;i ^ 

I Mr. Parsons- 

| Mr. Rosen- 

| Mr. Tamm-- 

I Mr. Gisoo—- 

1 Mr. Wiaterrovrd- 

I Teia. Room—- 

* Mr. Holloman— 

I Miss Gandy—SO' 


DIRECTOR FBI AND SAC PHILADELPHIA URGENT 

U ft Seth, $■ id nf gk fi C • C//> A PJwz//- g-ss" S ft b alfig f - 

mmmm t ref. ny ill, November eleven, fiftyfive. 


PASSENGER NO. TWO, NY TO CGO. INSTANT FLIGHT, LIVES AT 
RIEGELSVILLE, PENNA. PHILA. INTERVIEW FOR OCCUPATION, PURPOSE OF 


TRIP, AND FACTS RE LUGGAGE. 


CASPER 


END AND ACK 

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i FEDERAL CU.'CAU CF INVESTIGATION 
I U. S DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

COMMUNICATIONS SECTION 

NOV i 3 1955 

TELETYPE 


11-13-55 2-23 PM MST 


DIRECTOR, FBI AND SAC CHICAGO URGENT *( 

CRUALSAB*^ RE CHICAGO TEL DATED NOVEMBER ELEVEN FIFTYFIVE. 

CHICAGO WILL FORM LIST OF PASSENGERS ON FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE |_ T _ 

CHICAGO TO DENVER, SET OUT LEADS FOR THEIR INTERVIEWS TO ASCERTAIN 
OCCUPATIONS, PURPOSE OF TRIP, DESTINATION, NUMBER AND CONTENTS OF 
LUGGAGE, ANY PLANNED OR UNPLANNED STOPOVER WITH EMPHASIS ON BAGGAGE 
FORWARDED BEYOND STOPOVER ON FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE WITH PARTICULAR 
VIEW TO DEVELOPMENT OF ANY SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES OBSERVED PRIO R 
OR EN ROUTE FOR POSSIBLE MOTIVES FOR SABOTAGE* mmX '®SWWtfW 
BURKE 

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CG OK FBI CG WOH, yV T— - — -1 3 


i KCy. Reason 

Boardmaxt ^ 

\ Mr. Nicbola^-^/ 
Mr. B 

Mr. mMiJUL 

Mr. Mohr _~ 

Mr. Parsons_ 

Mr. Rosen_< 

Mr. Tamm—-; 

Mr. Si^oo-; 

i Mr. WinterrowcL ! 

Tele. Room_ 

4 4 4-Mr. Holloman- 

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Please transmit the following Airtel message: 

sag/HSenver (98-331) 11/13/55 

Director pbi 

'CRUALSAB r 

There has been found among the debris a 
mutilated mainwheel of a Westclox Travalarm clock. 

All offices in whose territory one of crew or passengers 
on instant flight reside should inquire of relatives 
specifically as to whether passengers or crew had a 
clock in their luggage and specifically if it were a 
Westclox Travalarm and/or any other metal objects. 


Mr. Tolsna— 
Mr. Boards 
Mr. 

Mr. 

Mr. 

Mr. Maks*_ 

Mr. ParsufiB- 
Mr* K -rm — 
Mr* Tafttsn— 
Mr. S&oo— 


Mr, WinfcsmwdL 
Tele. Room-— 


Mr, Holiomaa-™ 
Mis/ Gandy 


BURKE 


RKM:SDR 

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2 cc’s via Air Mail to: 



Baltimore 

Birmingham 

Boston 

Buffalo 

Chicago 

Detroit 

Kansas City 

Newark 

New York 

Philadelphia 

Pittsburgh 





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Portland 
San Francis 
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STANDARD FORM NO. 64 


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Office Memorandum • united states government 

TO : MR. L. V. BOARDMAN^Jp DATE: November 14, 1955 

I* oc - Messrs • Belmoht 


9 


FROM 




Beln "b7C — 


Harbc 
Mohr 


SUBJECT: 


Parsons 

Rosen_ 

Tamm __ 
Sizoo_ 


Winterrowd _ 
Tele. Room . 

Holloman_ 

Gandy - 


JACK GILBERT GRAHAM, with aliases 
JOHN GILBERT GRAHAM, JACK KING 

CRASH - UNITED AIRLINES PC-6, FLIGHT 629 
LONGMONT, COLORADO, NOVEMBER, 1, 1955 
SABOTAGE 

At 12:30 PM, 22-24-55, J called Denver regarding developments 
in this case. ASAC Moore advised that subject Jack Graham had been 
arraigned at 10:00 A.M • (12:00 noon, our time) before U. S • Commissioner 
Harold S. Oakes, waived preliminary hearing, held in lieu of $100,000 5aii«| 
He was represented by Attorney J . R. Strickland, family attorney who is 
handling the mother's estate. He is being lodged at the Denver County 
Jail. Inasmuch as Graham indicated to Agents he would like to commit 

^JfZT h iiTn\7i t tYt t A d 

County Jail is likewise being notified • BirCLrfdbffiSBD . , 

Moore said that the FBI has received numerous congratulations 
at the Denver Office, including a telephone call from Axel Neilsen, 
fishing buddy of President Eisenhower, a personal visit by 
President Patterson of United Airlines, a wire from Jack Corley of the 
Memphis Commercial Appeal and congratulations and appreciation from the 
newspapers, wire services, and radio concerning the way the publicity 
was handled • 

b7c I told Moore that it was essential that subject Graham's story 

e bolstered by evidence gathered by investigation. Moore said that he 

had practically every man out on the street checking into the story and 
covering leads pertaining to Graham. I asked how Graham fi rst came to 
±h* o-±±aji±±cui a £ ,the Denv er Office. Ifoore said tftat Denver I 

tlL 


L who, is c T _ 

]scme Time afterDKe crash anq_ 


Jtad toil 
po2d her that it 


was particularly hard on Jack Graham as he had placed a present in his 
mother's suitcase unknown to the mother. This started Denver checking 
on Graham and they came up with his bad background. A subsequent call from\ 

! a friend of a carpenter who had assisted in the repair of Graham's drive-in\ 
restaurant reflected that the carpenter had told his friend that the 
explosion at the drive-in restaurant did not look right. Moore said he /iad| 
hod several calls today following the publicity^firom PCVCPns who^had fur - 
Ifnished information regarding Graham, presumablyyf^pdrorMi^^me^^,090 / 

ilreward offered by United Airlines. To each^ofl these Moore s&idrhe replied 
that the information furnished was merely accumulated dnd that the original 
lead was riot attributable to sources outside*the^ JBureau. rs/)^ 




)*' 1 For your information, 
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VTANDA^ FOKM NFS 64 


Office Memorami 


Util • UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 


TO x 

FROM l 

•OBJECT: 

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Tolson n£yS 


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Mr. Nichols 


JACK GILBERT GRAHAM, with aliases 
CRASH UNITED AIRLINES DC 6 

SABOTAGE* C0L0RAI)0 > NOVEMBER 1, 1955 


given simultaneously^to°the Whlch ^ 
at 7:16 a.m. ASAC Moore was autW^™? ^Washington 
give the statement to the Denver press. S raulfcaneousl y to 







Enclosure 

cc: Mr. BelmonCJf * 0 , 
Mr. Boardman” 

LBN:vam 

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 


In Reply, Please Refer to 
File No. 


WASHINGTON 25, D. C. 


November 14, 1955 


The Department of Justice announced triSSff FBI 
Agents arrested early this morning John Gilber.'vGrahajn, 

23, in Denver, Colorado, in connection with'the crlksfr 
of Flight 629, United Airlines Plane, in the vicinity 
of Longmont, Colorado, on November 1, 1955* John Edgar 
Hoover, Director of the FBI, stated that Graham is 
presently in the custody of Special Agents of the 
Denver Office of the FBI and that United States Attorney 
Donald E. Kelly has authorized the filing of a complaint 
as soon as the United States Commissioner in Denver is 
available. Graham will be charged with violating 
Section 2155, Title 18, United States Code, in that he 
sabotaged the ill-fated United Airlines Plane. He will 
be arraigned later this morning. 

Investigation by the FBI has disclosed that 
Graham took out $37,500 in insurance on his mother, 

'n<Mts. Daisy King, when he took her to the Denver Airport 
5 6n November 1, 1955. Mrs. King was en route to Anchorage, 

<% Alaska, and was among the V* persons who died in the crash. 

y 

Graham was born in Denver in 1932. He was 
placed in an orphanage following the death of his father 
. in 1935. He later lived with his mother and stepfather, 
j Mr. and Mrs. Earl King, until he was 15 years of age. He 
7 has worked in Spenard, Alaska, was discharged from the 
Coast Guard as a minor in 19^9, worked as a mechanic at 
Grand Junction, Colorado, and since the death of his 
stepfather assisted his mother in operating a drive-in 

I restaurant in Denver. In September, 1951, Graham was 
arrested in Lubbock, Texas, on an illicit liquor charge 
and received a sixty-day jail sentence. In November, 1951, 
Graham was convicted on forgery charges in Denver growing 
out of the forgery of U-2 checks for $100 each drawn on a 
Denver concern. He received a five-year suspended sentence 
jin State Court in Denver and was placed on probation. His 
mother made restitution of $2500 and Graham has been making 
monthly payments on the unpaid balance which has now reduced 
to $ 105 . 

Graham is married and resides at 2650 West 
Mississippi Avenue, Denver, Colorado. 










cDERAL BUREAU OF INVFSTIGAnON 
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

S9MMraCAII6NS SECTION 
MOV 3^5955 
TELETYPE 



SAC, DETROIT 


Crc/ ; d! 


11-10-55 


fMr. Tolson_ 

Mr, BoardmanJ^ 
Mr- Nichols— r —y/ 
^Mr. Belmont 

Mr. Harbo- 

Mr. Mohr- 

Mr. Parsons-- 

Mr. Rosen-— 

Mr. Tamm- 

Mr. Sizoo- 

Mr. Winterrowd- 

Tele. Room- 

Mr. Holloman- 

Miss Gandy_j 


2-29 PM EST 


IRECTOR, FBI AND SAC, DENVER, SAC, CINCINNATI, AND SAC^S^TRANCI SCO 
URGENTRtf /. 

tit?Sag, cfi : ?/?L ///£/■$& I--- 

CRUAL - SABOTAGE. RE DENVER TELETYPES TO BUREAU NOVEMBER NINE LAST. 

INVESTIGATION CONDUCTED AT LANSING, MICH., REVEALED FOLLOWING INFORMA¬ 
TION RE CRASH VICTirj_ 

OLDSMOBILE DIVISION, GMC, A CLOSE ASSOCIATE OF I I FOR OVER 


TVENTY TWO YEARS, ADVISED 


IAS A DEVOTED FAMILY MAN WHO HAD NO 


FAMILY PROBLEMS AND WAS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY EXTRA MARITAL AFFAIRS. 

IeSTIMATES ESTATE TO BE VALUED AT THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS 


WITH BULK OF IT WILLED TO IMMEDIATE FAMILY 


Il| 



IS HIGHLY REGARDED, 


HAD NO KNOWN ENEMIES AND ASSOCIATED WITH HIGH CALIBER INDIVIDUALS. 



DID NOT DRINK TO EXCESS NOR DID HE GAMBLE. 


ESSION OF GM RECORDS AT TIME OF CRASH AND 


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|_JWAS IN POSS- 

DVISED THAT HE HAD 


M BEEN ADVISED BY UAL THAT RECORDS LOCATED HAVE BEEN IMPOUNDED AT DENVER. 

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_IS OF EXCELLENT CHARACTER AND IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY 

EXTRA MARITAL AFFAIRS AND IS DESCRIBED AS A DEVOTED WIFE AND A PERSON 


OF THE HIGHEST CHARACTER. 


WITH|_| ANOTHER CRASH VICTIM EMPLOYEP t PACIFIC REGIONAL 

MANAGER, OLDSMOBILE DIVISION, GMC. STATES |^E^J V IS-Oj^5fXCELLENT 

CHARACTERAND PERSONAL HABITS, WAS HAPPILY MARRIEfLAND HAD"NO KNOWN 



WELL ACQUAINTED 




ENEMIES. 



PRESENTLY LOCATED CARE OF 


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NEWARK, OHIO, AND EXPECTED TO RETURN LANSING AREA SOME TIME SUBSEQUENT 
NOVEMBER ELEVEN NEXT. NEIGHBORHOOD INVESTIGATION SUBSTANTIATES COM¬ 
MENTS or 


CREDIT RECORD RE STRAUD AND FAMILY FAVORABLE. CRIMINAL 


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RECORD NEGATIVE. COMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF LUGGAGE, BRIEF CASES AND 
PACKAGES BELIEVED CHECKED OR CARRIED AS BAGGAGE BY VICTIMS SHOULD BE 
ASCERTAINED. POSSIBLE EXPLOSIVE CONTENTS OF SUCH BAGGAGE SHOULD BE 
ASCERTAINED. DESCRIPTION OF BAGGAGE SHOULD INCLUDE IDENTIFICATION TAGS 
POSSIBLY ATTACHED THERETO. INFORMATION SHOULD BE FURNISHED DENVER 
EXPEDITIOUSLY BY TELETYPE OR AIRTEL. CINCINNATI HANDLE INTERVIEW OF 

ALL LEADS SHOULD BE HANDLED BY TELETYPE AND BUREAU ADVISED 


OF PERTINENT DEVELOPMENTS. BUREAU HAS DESIGNATED THIS CASE AS A 
SPECIAL. FIRST REPORT DUE NOVEMBER TWENTY TWO NEXT. DETAILED LETTER 
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FBI, SAN FRANCISCO ll/e/55 

Airtel 

, , TransmH^fcife following message to: 

/ DIRECtf&R, FBI 

‘ CRUAL - siBafi&E //-J-yy 

Re Denver teletypesto Bureau, ll/9 and 10 /& 5 . 

f ~■ Investigation conducted at °akland and Hillsborough. Calif.. 

! '\ revealed following information oonoerning orash vietlm^f 


Mr. Tolson 
r. Boardi mm 

Mr. Mohr_ 

Mr. Parsons^ 

Mr. Rosen. 

Mr. 

J Mr. Sizoo,__._ 

| Mr. Winterro^7/d_ 

I Tele. Room__ 

| Mr. Holloman__ 

| Miss Ga 2 idy_ 


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Division*, 
adviseJ 


General ifotorsCo 
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oration. 508 16th St reet. Oakland. 

at Oakland headquarters 


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and thal[ 

He stated that 



lob ile for past few years and that he was wal annual ntnri with 
n a I ~ Is^d was ^lso ac quainted wit} | 

|and hiq|were very devoted to one another 
nanoially sound and a man of high oaliber. 
was very well liked by his fellow employees. 


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that he was a very stable individual, and that he knew of no enemies. 


tated that he conside red homicide motiv e nonn arning 


as absolutely absurd 


te consider' 


_ arther stated that|_ 

never been known to oarry any explosives. He stated that 
were both of excellent character and personal habits. - 


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and his 


advised she 

drove nusDand to 5F airport prior to ms departure, at wtiioh time he 
had 3 pieoes of luggage with him; namely, 1 brown briefcase with 
Mexioan design in leather, 1 dark brown two-suiter suitcase with 
square oorners, and 1 transparent silver olear plastio bag for suits. 
She was unable to reoall any tags or initials on any of the above 
pieoes of luggage. She stated that she was oertain that her husband 
did not oarry any explosives in his luggage. 


S tated that she was absolutely oertain that her 
husband had no anemias. No unfavorable information at looal oredit 


bureau concerning 


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(Priority or Method of Mailing) 

rom SAC, MIAMI (9&-0) 

To: DIRECTOR, FBI, rUNjD LAC , Jj£j i'JV'iiiii 


CiuiiSH, UHITED aIRLMejS, JJG~6, 
FLIGHT 629, LOWGiwAT, COLO. L 

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He prefaced his remarks by sa ving that he_ is an 

] and during MU 131 was 


at the Orlando, Fla. ^.ir Base, 
whose one jod was investigation of aircraft accidents and 
explosions.* He specifically recalled in one aircraft 
explosion he knew about, it was found that iron filings 
placed in the hydraulic solution of the aircraft caused 
a terrific explosion when exposed to air. This point led 
him to the thought that if any of the luggage on instant_ 
aircraft were a magnesium compound or derivative, and thU 
luggage contained or had access to a petroleum base oil, 
a definite reaction would take place that would result in 
an explosion upon contact with the atmosphere. 


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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 


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TBI BIRMINGHAM ll/H/55 CS:PC 

Transm^the following Teletype message to: 

f R ector, ebi . airiel 


98-710. 


t Tolaon_ 

JEtofirdman CT 

Nichols_ 

Mr. Belmont^Hr 
Mr. Harbo_ 

Mr. Mohr_-_^, 

Mr. Parsona_ 

Mr. Rosen-. 

Mr. Tarcm--- - 

Mr. Sizoo . ... 

Mr. WinterrowcL 

Tele. Room__ 

Mr. Holloman , , 
Miss Gandy_* 


(J&1RECTOR, FBI _. . AIR TEL u<mdy ~ 

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SABOTAGE 

Parents, sisters and, firmsina n.f_ 

Ala. advised departed from | _kla. 11-1-55 after completing thirty 

day leave at home. Attitude during leave and on departure cheerful, happy 
with new assignment with USAF in Alaska, and stated looking forward to new 
assignment. No information developed to indicate any motive for homicide. 

c I-1 

DOB foa- 1 - 1 _| Engaged to marry upon return from Alaska. 

Luggage whicl|_|took from home on departure consisted of duffel bag 

with draw rope on top and small zipper type canvas handbag. Duffel bag 
contained nothing but AF clothing, uniforms, fatigue clothing, coveralls, 
underwear and pair o f shoes. Canvas handbag contai ned only shaving equipment, 
underwear and socks.||stated she packed both 
bags and no metal items in either bag except double edge Gillette razor and 
blades. Metal cigarette lighter (no flu id) and identific ation bracelet only 
metal items known to family on person of Report follows. 

at.t, mpoBm'noN cammm 

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2 Denver (98-331) 


g r . Belmont 



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ALL 1KP0BM ATIOTJ 


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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGAT 
II TED STATES EEPARTMENT OF JU 


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To: COMMUNICATIONS SECTION. * w 

Transmit the following message ?of* DENVER 


cc - /fr. Bihler 


URGENT 


crualsab. m Denver tel November eleven nineteen fiftyfive. 

SUBNET TELETYPE StOWRY IMMEDIATELY BRIEFLY SETTING FORTH 
INFO BE FINANCIAL STATUS DAISY KING, ANY MOTIVE WHICH 
JACK GRAHAM MIGHT HAVE HUD FOR HER HEATH AND ALL PERTINENT 
DEVELOPMENTS CONCERNING GRAHAM TO DATE * INCLUDE BRIEF 
jt BACKGROUND ON GRAHAM* RE GRAHAM DASH S STATEMENT MOTHER 
DASH S LUGGAGE CONTAINED AMMUNITION, ADVISE WHETHER UNITED 
^ AIRLINES AND CAB, DENVER, HAVE COMPLETELY EXAMINED FRAGMENTS 
I} OF WRECKAGE AND WHETHER ANY AmSUNITICN HAS BEEN FOUND . IN 


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THIS REGARD ADVISE IN DETAIL ANY PLANS BY UNITED AIRLINES 
OR CAB FOR FURTHER EXAMINATION OF WRECKAGE AN& RECONSTRUCTION 
OF ADDITIONAL FARTS OF PUNE AND DASH OB BAGGAGE* J&YISE 
WHAT ARRANWMENTS MADE BY YOUR OFFICE TO OBTAIN ANY SUSPECT 


MATERIAL . IF NOT ALREADY DONE 


INSURANCSCISStm BY 


|| VENDING MACHINES, AIRPORT, DENVER, CONCERNING hlSSEN&BRS 
ON INSTANT PLANE . OFFICE HANDLING THIS LEAD SHOULD'MAKE 
ARRANGEMENTS WHEREBY ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN APPLICATIONS 
WILL m PRESERVED SO THAT HANDWRITING COMPARIS ONS J& N BE 
MADE IF NEEDED AT FUTURE DATE * 

Tolson_ 

Boardman - COPIES DESTROYED X £0C7ER 1 m 

284 MAR 1 1961 " Xr 

JJH£°- YELLOW,: Daisy King ms passenger on this plane. ^Jack C-raJ-iam is 

ParsonTTHZ hev so?z. He has arrest record. There is report being 

- checked by Denver that Graham put a "Christmas package" 

<:°T in his mother's luggage. On routine interview, Graham 

■inteirowd — cfF^^W^HbWdVW'^hents that his mother had a quantity of 

*£■“= munition in,her luggage. 


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SENT VIA 


mner luggage. 

t NOV i 2 1955 'pi d'E / 


TELETYPE 










FEDJRAS, BUREAU OF lUVcSTIBATIOIt 
k U. S DEMRTMIHT QF iUST^E 

chhhwminkkctw 


NOV 1119! 



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Til , DENVER 


11-11-55 7-04 PM MST 



DIRECTOR AND SAC LOS ANGELES 


URGENT 


f Mohr._ / 

'Mr, ParsonaZ2^ 
Mr. Hoss n 

Mr. T*mm __ 

t Mr. Skoo__ 

j Mr. WmterrowcL 

Tels. Room _ 

I Mr. Holioraaa_ .+1 

j Miss 


CRASH, UNITED AIR LINES DC-6, FLIGHT SIX T WO NINE, LONGMONTT^^^ 

ELEVEN DASH ONE DASH FIFTY-FIVE, SABOTAGE#___ L 

ADVISED JOHN GRANT, WHO ATTEMPTED TO KILL HIS WIFE AND 
CHILDREN AT LA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BY DESTROYING A DC-THREE AIRPLANE 


ON WHICH THEY WERE TO TRAVEL, BY A -a#©¥£ HOME MADE BOMBj 
HAD RECENTLY BEEN RELEASED FROM SAN QUENTIN PRISON. 


AND UAL 


ENGINEERS WHO ARE ACQUAINTED WITH GRANT ADVISED GRANT FORMERLY EMPLOYED 
BY AMERICAN AIRLINES WAS RECENTLY WORKING FOR MC CULLOUGH -PHONETIC- 
MOTORS LOCATED NEAR LA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. LA REQUESTED TO DETERMINE 
PRESENT WHEREABOUTS GRANT, ESPECIALLY ON TEN/THIRTY-ONE AND ELEVEN/ONE/ 
FIFTY-FIVE. CONTINUED INVESTIGATION JACK GRAHAM, SON OF PASSENGER 
DAISY KING, REVEALS HE WAS ALLEGED TO HAVE SUDDENLY BECOME ILL AT AIR 
PORT AFTER MOTHER BOARDED PLANE, AND WAS ALLEGED TO HAVE STATED HE 
DIDN-T FEEL HE WOULD EVER SEE HER AGAIN. A ROUTINE INTERVIEW OF GRAHAM 
AND SISTER, RELATIVES OF DECEASED PASSENGER, WAS CONDUCTED LAST 
EVENING. BACKGROUND WAS OBTAINED AND OPPORTUNITY WAS GIVEN GRAHAM TO 
AFFIRM OR DENY FACT HE ASSISTED IN PACKING OF MOTHERS BAGS AND WHEN 
SPECIFICALLY ASKED IF HE PLACED ANY ARTICLE IN MOTHER-S BAGS, 

DENIED SAME. DEFINITE INFO DEVELOPED TODAY FROM NEIGHBOR OF GRAHAMS 
IN-LAWS THAT MOTHER-IN-LAW STATED TO JLER THAT GRAHAM SPENT SOME TIME 


STATED TOJJER THAT GRAHAM SPENT SOME TIME 
RECORDED-^ (fK it:- ■; 

MAS PRESENT FOR MOTHER WttiOH HE PURCHASED, 


DOWNTOWN LOOKING FOR CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR MOTHER WttiOH HE PURCHASEI 
HAD WRAPPED IN CHRISTMAS PAPER AND PLACECE INrMQfBlIfSSS BAG, UNKNOWN 
TO HER. THIS WILL BE VIGOROUSLY AND THOROUGHLY EXPLORED. FOR INFO 
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FBI LAB, GRAHAM STATED THAT THREE PIECES OF BAGGAGE CHECKED 


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BY PASSENGER VICTIM DAISIE E. KING ON INSTANT FLIGHT REPORTEDLY CONTAIN¬ 
ED APPROXIMATELY SEVENTY-FIVE TWELVE GAUGE SHOTGUN SHELLS WITH 
MAJORITY DESCRIBED AS RED COLOR, PROBABLY WINCHESTER SUPER X AND 
POSSIBLY SOME REMINGTON. SOME OF THESE SHELLS HAVE BEEN IN POSSESSION 
OF MRS. KING SINCE AT LEAST NINETEEN FORTY-EIGHT, BAGGAGE ALSO CONT¬ 
AINED ABOUT FORTY THIRTY NAUGHT SIX RIFLE SHELLS AND FIVE HUNDRED 
TWENTY-TWO CALIBER RIFLE SHELLS REPORTEDLY PACKED LOOSE IN SUITCASES. 


BURKE 

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FEDERAL 


* 

IEAU OF INVESTIGATION 


UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

AIRTEL 


NY, 11/12/55 

Tra nsmit the following Teletype message to? ^iUREftll 



-EI^-36-- 

Mr. Tolson_ 

Mr. Boardmftiu*„ 

Mr. Nichola_ 

Mr. Belmont ^/| 
Mr. Harbo_ 

Mr. Mohr- 
Mr. Parsons- 

Mr. Rosen_ 

Mr. Tamm- 


Mr. Sizoo- 


r'q 


V 


CRUALSAB 


Re Denver teletype, 11/8/55, 


Mr. Winterrowd_ 

Tele. Room_ 

Mr. Holloman_ 

Mias Gandy_ 


_| New 

York Air Division, advised amongst cargo shipped on Flight} 
629, UAL, 11/1/55, were shipments set forth as follows 
with consignor, consignee, item, value and weight as liste[ 
From New York to Seattle, one; from Hash Incorporated, 

316 Barrow Street, Jersey (Ui'ty, NJ, to Sears-Roebuck & 
Company, Tacoma, Washington, 3 dozen leather billfolds, 
$56.25, 12 pounds and to Sears-Roebuck & Company, Seattle, 
Washington, four dozen purses, $75.00, 16 pounds. Two ; 
from Industrial Electronics Copporation, 80 Bank Street, 
Newark, NJ, to British Car Sales, 501 East Pike Street, 
Seattle, Washington, assorted incadescent lights, $90.12, 
13 pounds. Three; from Habner & Company, 609 Broad 
Street, Newark, NJ, to L. ORMAND, 92 East Lynn, Seattle, 
teapot and coffee set, 10 pounds and 2 place settings, 

7 pounds, $ 82 . 50 . 

From Ghicago to Seattle. One; from Murray 
Engraving, 6155 South State Street, Chicago, to GREENGARD 
LINDEN TRIBUNE, 2965 Southeast Mercer Street, Seattle, 


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n4> bureau (rm) 

2 - CHICAGO (RM) 

2 - NEWARK (RM) 

2 - DENVER (RM) 

2 - NEW HAVEN (RM) 
2 - PORTLAND (RM) 

2 - SEATTLE (RM) 

JJDsPDD (#1) 
98-2784 


09 nounds. .4102.00. Two: from! 


and! 


5Ha 



ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED 
HEREIN IS UNCLASSIFIED , . 


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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

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Transmit the following Teletype message to i 

5202 University, Seattle, 4 yards material, $12.00, 5 pounds. 
Three ; from M.BORN, 1060 West Adams, Chicago to Stadium 
Cleaners. Tailor, 3307 East 65th Street, Seattle, Custom 
suit, $54.49, 6 pounds. Prom Chicago to Portland from 
N HBNNIFER Corporation, 500 South Wolf Road, Des Plaines, 
Illinois, to Cranston Machine Parts, 1123 Southeast Market, 
Portland, Oregon, machine parts, $123.00, 23 pounds. 

Railway Express, NYC, advises air shipment this 
flight as follows: from Connecticut Hard Rubber Company, 

New Haven, Connecticut, to Boeing Aircraft, Seattle, 
Washington, five pieces square rubber seals for sliding 
windows in an aircraft, grey in color, approximately 15" 
x 18 B , $50.00, 9 pounds. 

Appropriate offices verify with consignors 
and consignees legitimacy of Itemized shipment and 
accuracy of descriptions and weights thereof where 
available• 


Denver origin* 


KELLY 


Approved 


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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 


/ AIRTEL 

^/Transmit the following TOe ffiffe message to: 

/ SAC DENVER (98-331) (2 ccs) 11/12/55 

r DIRECTOR FBI AND WASHINGTON FIELD OFFICE 

? , v CRUALSAB ') 


jJISklE} 

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Mr. 

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1 Mi$> Gandy—— { 


AIR MAIL 


Request complete review service record of follow!— 

JACK GILBERT CRAHAM, Wa. Jack Gilbert King, Coast 
Guard Serial Number 279177, enlisted U. S. Coast Guard, 
Seattle, Washington, April, 191+8, and discharged at New York - 
City January, 191+9. GRAHAM last stationed at Groton, 
Connecticut, as Motorman Third Class, U. S. Coast Guard, and 
student at mechanics school, Groton. Reportedly AWOL 63 days 
and upon application at New York City, discharged on 
'‘minority’ 1 due to fact fraudulent enlistment executed when 
16 years of age. GRAHAM born January 23, 19&2, at Denver, 
Colorado. 

Expedite airtel reply including any indication 
mental instability and description of possible Coast Guard 
assignments which might have involved use cf knowledge of 
explosions. 

This lead is being directed to WFO for handling 
by agent at U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, 

D. C. Furnish results to Bureau and Denver* 


BURKE 


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OC: MR. BELMONT_ 

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Mr. Nicl 


DA**tNovember 9, 195 


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FULTON LEWIS, 
7:00 PM, WWDC 
NOVEMBER 9, 1955 


BROADCAST 





Fulton LewaSi^-Jr., in hiB broadcast on November , 1 
made reference to comments which he had made previously o; September 
1955, in which he stated that organizations, such as the Fund F<> tne Rep' 
claiming tax exemption were required to file statements of justification wi¬ 
the Internal Revenue Service. Lewis indicated that at that time he had st .tie 
that he felt that keeping these statements of justification confident;.d was 
in the public interest, as citizens should have access to this infori 


■ ^iion. j 

ry H. Cnapi 


Lewis added that Under Secretary of the Treasury 
Rose had told a Congressional Committee that Secretary of the Treasur 
George Humphrey felt the same; namely, that the public should have a> 
to this data. According to Lewis, Rose indicated that legislation to thin 
effect would be requested of the Congress. Lewis stated he was glad to anndu.tc. 
that, after delays, the books containing his broadcasts on the Fund For the 
Republic, would be mailed out this week end. He added that through a publiy'' 
benefactor a copy is being sent to each of 7, 600 public libraries imthe ' count r 

j * NOTlRECORfc*® ' 

7 Lewie also mentioned that the FBI had «epned investi- 

gatioitj^f t* re^ntLcrash of the United Airlines plane fn Colorado, appareatl. 

convinced involved an act of malice. The Agent s in c ia^c&a-, hersaid, 

admitted hacking are^^little to go on and that the problem of "finding the criminal 

was cef^ain^ going ^ be a tough one, involving one of the most extegjpive 

and con|plic££;ed ma^hunkin history. The investigative organizationwill have 

to trac % dowrn thousands of possible lead^ inasmuch as every person who came 

iit cornet •with r She r plane who could have carried the bomb aboard will have to 

1*9 investigated. This would include passengers, the crew, mechanios, etc. 

lij^wis added, however, that you could be assured that the culprit would be found. 

RECOMMENDATION: 


None. For information. 


car - Mr^jpoardman 
cc - Mrl'^lichols 
cc - Mr. JJaimont 


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FEDERAL BUREAU OF «>W£ST>OAT>fti 
u. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSm.fc 

COMMUNICATIONS SECTION 

NOV 12 1955 

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V/‘‘: 


11-11-55 


Director, fbi, and sac, Denver 


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URGENT 

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£ S 


PAl C, >■> * ii a (/'it- Pkn/Vb ' /> 

advised this date he and his 


\'/$ 5 ^ Or ’ f ii? £ ■' * 


WERE AT MIDWAY AIRPORT ON ELEVEN ONE LAST TO SEE RELATIVES 


OFF ON UAL FLIGHT SEVEN ONE ONE TO CALIFORNIA* WHILE WAITING HE AND 


\ 


HIS 


WATCHED LOADING OF FLIGHT SIX TWO NINE. AFTER ENGINES WERE 


REVVED UP AND CHOCKS WERE REMOVED THEY OBSERVED A MALE NEGRO HURRY 
TO WHATI 


PECRIBED AS PIT FOUR AND PLACE A BROWN CARDBOARD PACK¬ 


AGE WHICH 


^escribed has approx, ten inches by fourteen inches 


BY EIGHTEEN INCHES IN THE PIT AND CLOSE THE HATCH. PACKAGE WAS SECURED 
WITH MASKING TAPE WITH NO ROPE OR STRING. 

DID NOT WEAR UNIFORM AND 


STATES NEGRO 


DID NOT NOTICE WHERE NEGRO WENT AFTER 


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CORROBORATES THIS STORY. WHITE RAMP SERVICE¬ 


MAN ADVISES HE PLACED COLLAPSIBLE BABY STROLLER IN PIT FOUR AT LAST 
MINUTE BUT PRIOR TO REVVING OF ENGINES. CG ATTEMPTING TO IDENTIFY 
NEGRO AND PACKAGE. DN DETERMINE IF PERSONNEL UNLOADING CARGO RECALL 


PACKAGE ANSWERING ABOVE DESCRIPTION. 


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Transmit the ; r foil owing Teletype message to: * 

FBI, /tBANY (98-881) 11/12/55 

DIRECTOR, FBI (98-43035) 
v crualsabT) 

Re Baltimore teletype dated H/ll/55. 


■xb\ T^irtanrewdL 
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COMMUNICATIONS SECTION 

NOVI 14 1955 

TELETyPE 




Ur. 

Hr. 

Mr. 

I Mr. 

1 Mr. 


Nicholas 

Belmont 

Harbo_ 


Mr. Mohr_ 

Mr. Parsona 

, Mr. ^oson_ 

| Mr. Ta; 


Mr. S* 


500 _ 


m^HlCACO U-,4-55 

Sector , fbi a nd sac. Denver 
crualsab^ 

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5-50 PM 

urgent 


Tels. I?,oom 
Mr. 

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aviation accident division, continental 


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A SOBJBCT: 


THE DIRECTOR , datb: Nov . 24, 

L • 7. Boardmanf / 

I* 

J4CT GILBERT GRAHAM, art t?i aliases 
CRASH UNITED AIRLINES DC-6 
LONGMONT, COLORADO, NOVEMBER 1, 1955 
SABOTAGE 



|_Ignited Airlines, 

called this morning tn. s±g&£ ±hai Le. previously made the 
observation.that of United Alirlines, blC 

and himself had had a very nign opinion of the FBI because 
of past cooperation with United Airlines• 


He stated the purpose of his call this morning 
was to state that although they could not have a higher regard 
for the FBI than they previously had, our handling of instant 
matter confirmed their very high opinion • 


sending 
but that 
his profoun 
very much appreciated 


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apprecTTvEton 




stated that he knows that 
to th e Director concerning 
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i Mr. L. V. Boardman 


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•OBJECT: JACK GILBERT 'GRAHAM, was cc 

John Gilbert Graliam, 

^ Jack King ^70 

CRASH, UNITED AIRLINES DC-6 

FI ight 629 

Longmont, Colorado 

No vembe r 1, 1955 P 

SABOTAGE 


DATE: November Id-, 

1955 fby 


Mr. Nichols 
Mr* Boardman 



Tlohfc:- 

Parsons _— 

Rosen -- 

Tamm_— 

Sizoo- 

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I talked to ASAC Moore of Denver about 5 p.m. today regarding 
developments in this case. Moore o,dvised that USA Kelly ho,d just called 
him and said that he had been talking, to Mr, Olney of the Department 
and that it was the opinion of Olney o,nd Kelly that Graham should be 
turned, over to the Denver County District A.ttorney unless the Deportment 
cor come up with some other FederoJ statute on which Graham can be 
charged,. Kelly said there is a Colorado statute covering murder wherein 
venue would, lie both in Denver County where the airplane flight started 
and in Grealey County where the plane crashed, .-Is prosecution loould be 
eo,sier in Denver, the decision will probably be made tomorrow, 

November 15» to turn Graham over to Denver County authorities, As to 

( this, I think our position should be this is up to the United, States 
Attorney and the Department as the strongest^ case gape a rs to be 
a murder case. ' “ 

ASAC Moore said during the Civil Aeronautics Bureau inquiry 
the United Air Lines (UAL) set up a "mockup" which was a, wooden fro,me 
of an airplane on which the various pieces of the wrecked plane were 
pasted.,to assist in arriving o,t a conclusion as to what happened to 
cause the crash. This is in custody of U\L. USd^ellzitolcL Mo-ore that 
Time and Life magazines, the loire services and, IpcuT^TT^i^qmp^s ~wa,nt to 
' photograph this "mockup. " ASAC Moore told Kelly this todsr a matter for 
Kelly to decide and, the FBI had,~no comment. I think this is a correct 
position. ' - ii, AA JZJ'liM'xdc ^ 

I asked Moore whether Kelly used Graham e onferssion ^ uMne 

heo,ring today. Moore said USA Kelly had the confession but did'pfot 
find it necessary to bring it out during the hearing. District Attorneys 
Keating and Smith were present at the hearing and, according to the 
paper, went into a conference with USA Kelly after the hearing regarding 
possible filing of a murder charge. Kelly later advised the press that 
ther^ha^been a confession and tha,t a decision would, be made within 
48 hours a^&Qwhe the r a murder charge would be filed. 


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I asked Moore whether the alleges ?|_| who Graham 

»clai ms gav e him the dynamite, .was named in the confession. Iloore said 
: tho,t V was no t imil uded, in the confession. I told Moore to run out 
\the leac[s on the\ angle as quickly as possible in case there is 

I publicity on th azl Iloore said he is convinced that Graham's story 
1 regard ing\ | is fictitious; that Agents are running the story outbid 

but have come up with absolutely no corroboration; they are pushing 
investigation hard. 

RS COM,SIND ATI ON : 

None. We a,re fallowing this closely. 



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cc - Nichols 
Parsons 
Boardman 
Belmont 


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Ro&en ___ 
Tamm' - 

Sizoo_ 

Winterrowd - 
Tele. Room . 

Holloman_ 

Gandy 





to t MR* Xt* V • BOARD 


FROM * MR* A* H* BBDroNT 


KJBJBCT: jack GILBERT Graham, was 
John Gilbert Graham, 

Jack King 

CRASH, UNITED AIRLINES DC-6 
Flight 629 

Longmont, Colorado rasgg 

November 1, 1955 I8§g§®y 

SABOTAGE WM&4& 


This is to advise of the events leading to the arrest of 
Jack Gilbert Graham for dynamiting United Airlines plane at Longmont 
Colorado, 11-1-55* ^- 

, At about 6:00 p*m*, 11-13-55* I called ASAC Moore at Denver* b7c 

IMoore said that they began interviewing a suspect, Jack Gilbert Graham, 
jat 1:00 p.m., Denver time, 11-13-55* At the inception of the interview b7c 
Ihe was questioned in a routine manner merely as a relative of the deceased* 
His mother, Daisy King, was one of the passengers who were killed in the 
.plane crash* Graham stood tne benefit by inheriting a portion. r»f h< * T» e state 
I whirh Mas estim ated in*excess of $150,000 and further Graham*s i I 

told the Agents that Graham had taken out insurance to the 
pouu. ojl 4t>j/,?bo in three policies at the airport on his mother* She said 
'that Graham was the beneficiary of one of these policies* I told Moore 
to be sure and consider obtaining a waiver from Graham for a possible 
polygraph test and to keep me advised of all developments. 

Moore called back at 9*30 p*m*, and stated that beginning at 
6:^ p.m., Denver time, they had started interviewing Graham thoroughly 
and that they had caught him telling three different stories about an 
alleged "Christmas package" which his wife had reported that he had put in 
his mother's luggage* Graham first denied that he had put a Christmas 
present in his mother's luggage, then said that he had bought such a 
present but did not put it in her luggage* His third story was that he 
had put a Christmas package in her luggage, that it was "hot goods" 
consisting of seme special knives and instruments to carve sea shells* 

It should be noted that Daisy King was going to Anchorage, Alaska* Moore 
said that Graham had given written waivers for a polygraph test and for 
consent to search his residence, automobile, truck and tool kit* I told 
him to go ahead and make these searches* ^ 

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» At 2:15 a.nuj 11-14-55* Moore called and said Graham had 
admitted that he put 25 sticks or dynamite in his mother's luggage which 
was placed on this plane* Be did this in order to collect the insurance* 
Moore said that they were taking a signed statement* He said that Graham 
had been told right along that he was not under arrest, that he was free 

I to go and that he could have an attorney* Graham is on probation from a 
state charge of forgery* The search of his residence showed an insurance 
policy in the amount of 137,500 taken out by Graham on his mother at the 
airport naming him as beneficiary* A piece of copper wire was found in 
his shirt pocket and some rifle cartridges were found from which the powder 
had been removed* 

i At 3:45 a*m*, Moore advised that a doctor examined Graham and 
found him to be in good condition* Moore said the signed statement was 

( being typed* Graham said he had been displeased with his mother who had 
been criticizing him because he was not making any money in operating the 
Crown-A Drive-In which she had bought for him in Denver* At this drive-in 
he had finally disconnected a gas pipe which caused an explosion at the 
drive-in* He was also involved in another incident wherein he put his car 
on the railroad tracks after he had had an automobile accident so that he 
(could collect more insurance* Graham said that shortly after the United 
*Airlines crash in Wyoming where 66 people were killed in early October, 1955 
me me t a man in a restauran t in “s kid row" in Denver who was—a_German 
named ! I He said he and | ( talked about the crash and | told him 

Jae knew how to wreck a planer Hirer some other meetings came to the 

/drive-in and gave Grah am 25. st icks of dynamite, some caps, a timing device, 
(and a dry ce ll bat tery. | | showed him how to hook it up** Graham does 


not know who 


is or how to reach him* 


Graham said that he kept this material in his car until 11-1-55 

I when his mother was to leave on the plane* He then took it out, set the 
timer for the maximum time of one and one-half hours, put it,in his mother's 
luggage and took her to the airport* He and his wife had brealtriiflt at the 
airport and heard, while still at the airport, that the plane had crashed* 
At 4:15 a*m*. Moore said that among the exhibits in this case there was a 
piece of what appeared to be a six volt hot shot battery* 

At 5:05 a*m*, I called Moore and told him to call the United 
States Attorney to see if Graham could be held on a Federal charge* At 
5*30 ami*, Moore said that USA Donald £• Kelly, Denver, authorized holding 
Graham under Section 2155) Title 18, United States Code, complaint to be 
filed today as soon as a commissioner was available* Moore said Kelly 
would use this as a holding means and that he thought that Graham would 
eventually be. prosecuted on a state charge of murder and that the complaint 
would be dismissed* ; I told Moore to tell Graham he was under arrest and 


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to see If he desired to make a written request that he stay in custody of 
the Agents pending the availability of a commissioner* I also told Moore 
to getithe complaint and warrant as soon as possible* 


to 

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Mr* Nichols was advised as 
\noted that SAC Burke advised at 5* 

I | is a cousin of S.. 

I | Denver; nowever, these employees have not been close associates or 

jtneircousin* 


a press release* 
±ha± 

and 


It should 


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Moore advised at 6:30 p*m., that Graham was placed under arrest 
at 3:4-2 a*m*, Denver time* He executed a statement requesting that he 
remain in custody of the Agents rather than go to Jail until a commissioner 
could be located* He admitted that he had expermented with a trial 
explosion in a trash barrel at the drive-in* Moore said that they had 
taken photographs of Graham and that photographs would be available at 
Denver for the news services within an hour or two* 


_ At 7:05 a*m*« 11-14-55. pursuant to instructions from Mr* Nichols 

[ telephoned Moore, told him to go ahead and release 
to tne press a statement which had previously been ok‘s by Mr. Nichols and 
to stick to that statement* Moore was also told to advise the USA, United 
Airlines, and the Civil Aeronautics Board at Denver immediately* Moore 
advised at this time that they had recovered what appeared to be another 
piece of a battery> consisting of one of the terminal poles, in the crash 
debris* Mr, Nichols advised that he released the facts to the news services 
at Washington concluding his release at 7:16 a*m., 11-14-55* 




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ADDENDUM - 12 - 14-55 


hearing is set 

j_a_nil a a i n a, out 

I 


At 9:10, ASAC Moore advised that the Commissioner's 
for 10 AM before U. S, Commissioner Harold S , Oakes • Den upp 

all leads regarding Graham, including trying to locate thel _ 

told Moore to go ahead and send discontinued teletypes to vhe numerous of - 
l fices working on this case • Moore said he was sticking s everely to the au - 
Uthorised press release in answering inquiries • In accordance with dis¬ 
cussion with Mr. Nichols, I told Moore he could let the press know when the 
Ihearing is • Attached is letter to Attorney General, cc Rogers, Tompkins 
and Olney • 



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STANDARD FORM NO. 04 


Office Memci 


UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 


TO 


FROM * 


SUBJECT: 



DATE: 22-24-55 


Tolson- 

Board man , 
Nichols _ 
Belmont __ 

Harbo - 

Mohr -- 

Parsons _ 
Rosen — 

Tamm__ 

Sizoo . 


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CRASH UNITED AIRLINES DC6 
LONGMONT, COLORADO 
NOVEMBER 1, 1955 
SABOTAGE 

The Director called at 6:25 a,m, instant date 
and advised that he wanted a memorandum prepared to the 
Attorney General with copies to Deputy Attorney General 
Rogers, Assistant Attorney General Olney and Assistant 
Attorney General Tompkins concerning the captioned 
disaster and the fact process would be filed on the 
subject this morning, The Director desired Jthai. this. 
wgmorandtfTa p e prepared immediately, Bureau 


Winterrowd _ 
Tele. Room . 
Holloman . 



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me uwr annum 


was immediately advised and stated thi 
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Mr - Mooneu 


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BROOKLYN NY NOV 14 500PME 

^EDGAR J HOOVER 

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND YOUR AGENTS FOR SOLVING 
THAT PLANE CRASH AND THE KILLING OF ALL THOSE PEOPLE 
WHAT KIND OF A SAVAGE IS HE? 


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Mr* Sizo o 

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i Mr. Ni 


SUBJECT: 


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date: November 15, 
1955 


M. jr. JTo 


CONGRATULATORY TELEGRAM 
DATED UjLLA= 55 RmnmTVJun. 
FROM 


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Tolson —. 

Boardman_, 

Nichols_ 

Belmont- 

Harbo_ 

Mohr_ 

Parsons_ 

Rosen_ 

Tamm_ 

Sizoo_ 

Vinterrowd _ 
Tele. Room . 

Holloman_ 

Gandy _ 


^ CLrtt- A ! ., ) 

_ The Bureau is iyi^re$?TWt"'6T'a telegram dated 11-14-55 

from | [< congratulating the Director an£_£ll2^m— 

Agents~far~soTvTng~~theunited Airlines plane crash. 
also asks, n Vhat kind of a savage is hePj* apparently referring 
to the subject who caused the crash. 

Bufiles contain no record of and the Brooklyn 

telephone directory reflects four indibmnAs by that name. 

It is noted that no street address was given on the incoming 
communication. iSQKZRM&TZONT OCBSTASSSQ 

HERSmBTOJCI^ASSIFIBB , . 

REC OMMENDA TI ON: ^;? MEwi/dv 


That the^incoming not be acknowledged, 


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RAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTIC 


To: COMMUNICATIONS SECTION. 
Transmit the following message to: 


NOVEMBER 15, 1955 TELEGRAM 


0-9, 


HONORABLE BERT M. KEATING 
DISTRICT ATTORNEY 
DENVER, COLORADO 


I WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT THE COMPLETE INVESTIGATIVE AND 


SCIENTIFIC FACILITIES OF THE FBI ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU IN THE 


o 


HANDLING OF THE PROSECUTION OF JOHN GILBERT GRAHAM AND I AM 
SRKING MY PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE IN DENVER TO IMMEDIATELY 
CONTACT YOU TO GO OVER ALL FACTS DEVELOPED TO DATE 




AND 


RENDER SUCH ASSISTANCE AS IS NECESSAHT TO INSURE THE FULFILLMENT OF JUSTICE. 

SINCERELY, 


i 


JOHN EDGAR HOOVER 
DIRECTOR 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 


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Mr. Belmont 


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* Mr. Kosen- 

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j/i Mr. Sizoo- 

Mr. Wintorrowi. 

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KEr Mr. Hollomea ■ 

Miss Gandy ■ ■ 


DIRECTOR, FBI AND SAC, DENVER URGENT 

UNSUB, EXPLOSION OR CRASH OF UAL PLANE 11/3/55. oAiMit 

-CRUAfc, SABOTAGE, RE DENVER TEL NOVEMBER NINE, LAST, INQUIRIES MADE 

OF UAL OFFICIALS AND FELLOW EMPLOYEES, SEATTLE, CONCERNING 


REVEAL THAT 


FLEW TO DENVER AT UAL-S SUGGESTION TO BE 


INTERVIEWED FOR NEW POSITION, ALL INTERVIEWED ADVISE 


WAS CON- b7C 


SCIENTIOUS WORKER WHO WAS WELL LIKED BY HIS SUPERVISORS AND FELLOW 


EMPLOYEES, NO ONE HAD IMPRESSION 



WAS ANTAGONISTIC OR POSSESSED 


VICTIM 


_Apparently had happy and normal home life, 

WAS CARRYING LARGE LIGHT TAN TWO-SUITER 


TYPE SUITCASE, SMOOTH FINISH LEATHER, GOLD INITIALS *ELH* ON SIDE NEAR 
HANDLE, HAD NO OTHER BRIEFCASE OR PACKAGES WITH HIM, VICTIm | 

[ WAS CARRYING ONE LIGHT TAN TWO SUITER TYPE SUITCASE, SMOOTH 
LEATHER FINISH, RATHER BEATEN APPEARANCE, GOLD INITIALS "FFH* STAMPED 
UNDER DOUBLE HANDLES, SWEATED BADLY AND STAINED ON INSIDE LINING, 
CONTAINED TWO COAT HANGERS WITH METAL FOLDING HOOKS AND WOODEN RAILS, 
i FOR THE BUREAU-S INFO, I k CONFIDENTIAL 


FOR THE BUREAU-S INFO,|_CONFIDENTIAL 

SOURCE AND SAC CONTACT, ADVISED THAT LIFE MAGAZINE IS GOING ALL OUT IN 
'US COMING ISSUE WITH LARGE DETAILED STORY OF INSTANT PLANE CRASH, 


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GUMMBNICATIONS SECTION 

NOV 14 195 s 

TELETYPE . 


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MryBoarcbu 

Mjpt Nichols 
Mr. Belmoni 
'Mr. Harbo_ 

Mr. JVfohr_ 

*Farsona 


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ASSOCIATED AVIATION UNDERWRITERS, NYC, 


ADVISES THAT A REPRESENTATIVE OF INSUROGRAPH MACHINES HAS ADVISED 
HIM THAT POLICIES WRITTEN ON PASSENGER DAISIE KING ALLEGEDLY BY 
JACK GRAHAM, HER SON, WHO HAS BEEN ARRESTED BY DENVER IN INSTANT 
MATTER, WERE WRITTEN BY TELETRIP OF MUTUAL BENEFIT OF OMAHA. FROM 
INFO FURNISHED PREVIOUSLY BY DENVER, THESE CONSIST OF THREE b 

POLICIES, TWELVE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS APIEC E. OBTAINED 

BY GRAHAM POSSIBLY NOV ONE LAST AND NAMED GRAHAM AND _ 

| ftNP_ AS BENEFICIARIES. OMAHA 

ENDEAVOR LOCATE POLICIES AND NOTIFY INSURANCE REPRESENTATIVES TO 
RETAIN FOR POSSIBLE HANDWRITING EXAMINATION IF NEEDED AT FURTHER 
DATE. DENVER ADVISE OMAHA ANY ADDITIONAL INFO NECESSARY TO LOCATE. 

KELLY RECCRDED-35 Ag _ ^ K 

DN AND OM ADVISED 


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STANDARD FORM NO. 04 


Office Memorandum • united states government 


TO 


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FROM 


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SUBJECT: 


Mr. Tolson 


L. B. Nichols 

Q 

JOHN GILBERT GRAHAM 
SABOTAGE OF AIRCRAFT 
LONGMONT, COLORADA 
NOVEMBER 1, 1955 


DATE: November 14, 1955 




Sizoo_ 

Winterrowd _ 
Tele. Room . 


Holloman _ - 

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SAC Bill Williams of Springfield, Illinois, phoned at 6: 
tonight advising that Mr. C. By^Gordon of Television Station W1CS, Springfi eld. 
had just contacted him advising that Gordon had been talking to USAb7C V at 
Denver about the above-captioned matter and on his program tonight, cuter 
discussing the airplane crash case with Kelly, Gordon wanted SAC Williams 
and USA Stoddard of Springfield to come on the program to discuss how the 
Bureau works in a major case such as that involving Graham. 

Williams was told to decline and to tell Gordon he was unable 
to be of any help to him in this particular instance and that he would be glad 
on some other occasion to work out a program discussing the Bureau’s 
activities but that he was just not able to be of any help to him tonight. 



Obviously this is an attempt to draw into the Springfield area 
some local interest in the Bureau's solution in this important case and by 














November 15, 1955 



I deeply appreciated receiving your wire 
of November 14, relative to the FBI r a work in 
connection with the United Airlines plane crash 
on November 1, 1955 • 

Tour thoughtfulness means a great deal 
to each of us in the FBI, and I sincerely trust 
that our efforts in the future will continue to 
deserve your confidence . 


Sincerely yours, 
J • Edgar Hoover 


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NOV 14 1955 


WESTERN UNION 


SHORT HILLS NJER NOV 14 326PME 


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J EDGAR HOOVER 


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Mr. Belir^ntjEZ 
Mr. Harbo “ 

Mr. Mohr_ 

Mr. Parsons_ 

Mr. Posen_ 

Mr. Tamoi._ 

Mr. Sizoo__ 

Mr. WinterrowdL 

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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
CONGRATULATIONS ON THE WORK OF YOUR DEPARTMENT IN 


UNITED AIRLINES CASE 





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DATS: Nov. 14, 1955 



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? /^Tolson 
Board man. 

Nichols_ 

Belmont_ 

Harbo_ 

Mohr_ 

Parsons_ 

Rosen_ 

Tamm_ 

Sizoo_ 


Tele. Room 

Holloman_ 

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FBI. RADIOGRAM 

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FROM ANCHORAGE 11-14-55 NR 142330 


7:35 PM 


Mr. BelmontL_ 

Mr. Harbo_ 

Mr. Mohr_ 

Mr. Parsons _ 

Mr. Rosen_ 

Mr. Tamm_ 

Mr. Sizoo_ 

Mr. Winterrowd 
Tele. Rp6m_ 


DIRECTOR AND SAC DENVER 

CRUALSAB>S RE DENVER A1RTE 
O 14. 


URGENT 


CRUALSAB.T RE DENVER AIRTEL NOVEMBER 12 L AST AND RAO10 
NOVEKR 14. I NORTHERN LIGHTS, 

BLVD, SPENARD, ALASKA, INT ERVIEWED BY SA I , \ 

ASAft KJJjL W. DISSLY TODAY. I l ADVISED_ 

_[TWO CARTONS AND TWO SUITCASES BY UAL AIRBILL DATED 

OCTOBER 31 LAST. CARTONS CONTAINED ONE HUNORED ROUNDS OF 


TWENTY TW O CA I I RFR AMMUNITI ON. CHILDRE NS CLOTHES AND PERSONAL 

EFFECTS. | ADVI8E0_FIRST OISCUSSED TRIP TO, 

-ALASKA IN JULY 19 55. HE STATED N O LETTER RECEIVED FROMl_ 

_IaDDRESSED TO I IIMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO OR SUBSEQUENT 

iTO ACCIDEN T AND NO NOTICE OF RECENT AIR INSURANCE RECEIVED. 

lADVISEd PUSTOMARILY TOOK OUT AIR INSURANCE b7 
iMAKINq BENEFICIARY. HE EX HIBITED PREV IOUS 

INSURANCE APPLICATION COVERING AIR TRIP Ofl FROM C HICAGO 

ON OCTOBER 6 LAST WHICH HE STATED WAS IN THI- HANI1WRI PNG 0F | 

STATES HAD NO INFORMATION WAS ON 

NOVEMBER 1 F LIGHT UNTIL P HONE CALL RECEIVEU l-RUM JACK GRAHA M ADVISIK 
OF ACCIDENT. | (-STATED RECEIVED PHONE CALL FROM HIS I I 

4:00 AM TODAY, ANCHORAGE TIME, AOVISING OF GRAHAM-S ARREST AND 
HAD NO PREVIOUS SUSPICION THAT HE HAD SABOTAGED PLA NE. HE STATED 
(GRAHAM MAY HAVE BEEN APPREHENSIVE SINCE|WAS CONSIDERING 
(INVESTING IN A BUSINESS IN ALASKA. DENVER AUVISE WHETHER UAL 
WAYBILL AND PREVIOUS AIR INSURANCE APPLICATION DESIRED. 


RECEIVED: 11-14-55 7:45 PM HL 00V (LAd3S ^ 

RECORDED. Ob - L -- L — ! 

DENVER ADVISED VIA SAN DIEGO 2 NOV 171955 /fJ' S 

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Ur. Belmont | an p j HI "'- M ' >r0 ' r | {/ 

•— — ' BOM: INTEL. DIVISION ' 

1 irtjie intelligence contained in the above message is to be disseminated 
By^aau, it is suggested that it be suitably paraphrased in 
the Bureau's cryptographic systems. 











FF.t^-V ' UREAU OF INVESTIGATION 


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To: COMMUNICATIONS SECTIl BP 
Transmit the following massage to: 


ip^S DEPARTMENT OF- JUSTICj^Mfs^ 


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NOVEMBER 2, 
SAC 

DENVER 


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mnna^w;; DENVER URGENT 

CRASH CF>HAL PLANE 1MOTT 4 COLORADO NOV. FIRST INSTANT. ATTENTION 


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ASSISTANTENVELOPE CONTAINING FINGERPRINTS FOR 


COMPARISON WITH BODIES OF PASSENGERS CAPTIONED FLIGHT LEFT HERE FIVE 
THIRTY PM EST VIA UAL FLIGHT NO. SIX ELEVEN. UNITED MADE ALL 
'’ARRANGEMENTS AND PRINTS MAYBE PICKED UP FROM SUPERVISOR OF PASSENGER 


SERVICE UPON ARRIVAL THERE TEN FORTYFIVE PM MST. MORE PRINTS BEING 




>NSENT SAME MANNER ON FLIGHT FIVE NAUGHT THREE FROM CHICAGO, DUE TO 

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(ARRIVE THERE SIX FIFTYFIVE AM MST NOV. THIRD NEXT. SAME ARRANGEMENT 


^!WILL. BE MADE AND SAME CONTACT SHOULD BE MADE IN DENVER BY YOU. UNLESS 
|V{ CONTRARY 

,^'N! ADVISED TO 8MMM THOSE ON LAST FLIGHT WILL COMPLETE OUR SEARCH HERE. 
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KSSM«NICATIONS SECTION 
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OMMUNICATIOMS SECTION 

NO^ 1955 


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IMMEDIATE ATTN*. 




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IDENTIFICATION DIVISION I/aJiT&J? s _^ 

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CRASH UAL DC SIX, FLT* SIX TWO NINE.. LONGMON T. COLO. D — u ~ 
SABOTAGE. RECGTEL CALL TO 


SUBSEQUENT TO RETEL CALL, 


lAT BUREAU, THIS DA 


UAL, CG, FURNISHED FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL INFO CONCERNING 



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LAME HIP DUE TO DRY HIP BONE.J 


TWO ONE TWO 


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W. THIRTY FOUR ST, VANCOUVER, WASH,, FOSTER PARENTS.. LUCIUS 
H. HUKINS AND MARY HELENA, BOTH DECEASED. 


Advised that the following persons have been 


POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED AT THE SCENE OF THE CRASH.. 


FOUR TWO SIX., 


SERIAL NO. FIVE THREE ZERO SEVEN ZERO 


ALSO CREW MEMBERS 


AND 


OFFICER. 



HOSTETTER 


RECORDED tJ 6 


20 NOV 4 1955 



CORR SXXXLINE S THIRD WORD HSRXXXXl 
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U. $. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

BOMMCMIOflS SECTION 


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ALL mVOBMATiOr* OOFI'AINED 


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SAC, DENVER 11-9-55 6-50 PM MST WWW 

^DIRECTOR, FBI, AND SACS BALTIMORE, BIRMINGHAM, DETROIT, KANSAS CIT^, 

PORTLAND, SAN FRANCISCO, AND SEATTLE 

UNSUB, EXPLOSXION OR CRASH OF UAL PLANE 11 -> 5 S« SABOTAGE. 

CRUAL, SABOTAGE. REMYTEL NOVEMBER EIGHT' INSTANT. REQUEST THAT DURING 
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION OF ALL VICTIMS BOARDING PLANE AT DENVER, COLO, 
NAMELY,_ 



FAY ELLIS 

AMBROSE, A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF ALL LUGGAGE, BRIEF CASES, 

(AND PACKAGES BELIEVED CHECKED OR CARRIED AS BAGGAGE BY SUCH 
IviCTIMS BE ASCERTAINED FROM RELATIVES AND OTHERS POSSESSING 
{KNOWLEDGE. POSSIBLE EXPLOSIVE CONTENTS OF ANY SUCH BAGGAGE 
SHOULD BE ASCERTAINED. DESCRIPTION OF SUCH BAGGAGE SHOULD n .... p 

RECORDED - 72 

INCLUDE IDENTIFICATION TAGS, POSSIBLY ATTACHED THERTO, AND 
SHOULD BE FURNISHED DENVER EXPEDITIOUSLY BY TELETYPE OR AIRTEfU — 

ALL THIS BAGGAGE CONTAINED IN CARGO PIT FOUR WHERE EXPLOSION . 

ALLEGEDLY OCCURRED. MOST OF SAME IS IN BADLY DESTROYED 


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CONDITION, BUT EFFORTS WILL BE MADE TO IDENTIFY AND EXAMINE 
SUCH REMAINS INDIVIDUALLY ON BASIS OF DESCRIPTIONS FURNISHED. 

UAL HAS MADE IDENTIFICATION OF CONSIDERABLE LUGGAGE AND EVEN 
RETURNED SOME TO FAMILIES OF VICTIMS, BUT PURPOSE OF THIS 
INQUIRY IS ATTEMPT TO TRACE THOSE PIECES NOT YET IDENTIFIED 
OR ENTIRELY MISSING. CAREFUL REVIEW OF ALL CANCELLATIONS AND 
NO SHOWs\wes©?E FOR INSTANT UAL FLIGHT SIX TWENTYNINE, 
NOVEMBER ONE, HAS BEEN MADE AND BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION 
INITIATED BY SEPARATE COMMUNICATIONS ON ALL LATE OR QUESTIONABLE 
CANCELLATIONS WITH DESTINATION PORTLAND OR SEATTLE. RE SEATTLE 
TEL THIS DATE CONCERNING PASSENGER FAY ELLIS AMBROSE, INQUIRY 
OF FOUR UAL OFFICIALS, DENVER, WHO CONVERSED WITH AND 
INTERROGATED AMBROSE RELATIVE NEW ASSIGNMENT, OF IMPRESSION 

| THAT HE WAS NEITHER ENTHUSIASTIC OR ANTAGONISTIC, THAT HE WAS 

! 

I MATURE, AND EXPRESSED NO DISAPPOINTMENT AS HE WAS NEITHER 

]AFFIRMED OR DENIED THE PROMOTION, BUT RATHER HE ASKED FOR TIME 

$ 

oTO CONSIDER SAME AND DISCUSS WITH HIS WIFE. NO EVIDENCE OF 

EXHIBITED WHILE IN DENVER. 

UNITED PRESS, TODAY TELEPHONICALLY ADVISED 
THAT THERE WAS A RUMOR PREVALENT IN WASHINGTON, D. C., ALLEGEDLY 
ORIGINATING WITH FLIGHT ENGINEERS UNION THAT TWO BOXES OF 
CORDITE WERE LOADED ONTO FLIGHT SIX TWENTYNINE AT DENVER. 


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PAGE^THREE 

INQUIRY OF UAL OFFICIALS AND CHECK OF CARGO MANIFEST FAILED 
TO VERIFY THIS FACT TO DATE, PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION INTO. 
DENV ER PASSE NGER, DAISIE KING, REFLECTS SHE HAS 
whfeJ BEBsMSEN 


WHO IT IS ALLEGED HAS RECORD 


FOR PASSING WORTHLESS CHECKS AND IS SUSPECTED OF HAVING 


CAUSED DAMAGE TO OTDSE^DAIRY DRIVE INESTABLISHMENT PURCH, b7C 
HIM BY MOTHER, AS WELL AS ALLEGED TO HAVE CAUSED WRECK OF 
NEW CHEVROLET TRUCK BY LEAVING ON RAILROAD TRA CKS TO BE 
DEMOLISHED AT ONE TIME, SAFETY DEPOSIT BOX OF 
OPENED TODAY BY STATE TAX AUTHORITIES AND DETERMINED TO CONTAIN 
INNOCOUS BUSINESS PAPERS, NONE OF WHICH SHED ANY LIGHT ON 
MOTIVE FOR HOMICIDE, EXTENSIVE INVESTIGATION BEING CONDUCTED 
OF GRAHAM AND BUREAU WILL BE KEPT ADVISED OF UNUSUAL 
DEVELOPMENTS, BUREAU REQUESTED FORWARD AMSD IDENTIFICATION 
RECORD OF JACK GILBERT GRAHAM, DENVER PD NO, 

THREE FIVE EIGHT EIGHT NAUGHT, WMA, BORN JANUARY TWENTYTHREE, 
THIRTYTWO, AT DENVER, ARRESTED DENVER NOVEMBER SEVENTEEN, 
FIFTYFIVE, ON CHARGE OF FORGERY. 


FOR 


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ASAC MOORE, Denver, said wife of JACK GRAHAM, son of UAL 
passenger DAISY KING, advised GRAHAM had placed a Chtistmas 
package in his mother’s luggage before she boarded instant plane. 
Wife says 3he saw and held package. GRAHAM denied. 


AS AC MODPJP mi 


d he is presently interviewing GRAHAM . He 


requested _ |be asked if he could state what t 

was used in the plane, if any. A Laji r£_m iested[ 


I 


h aw ana gave to SA \ 

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pe explosive 
be advised 


that the little brass wheel which 
in Denver has been identified as coming 'from a Westclox travel 
alarm clock • 

4:52 PM 


SA 

particu 
were 


_ advised of above. He said, "No residue of the 

ar "explosive itself has been found. Those residues wlo 7C 
found are consistent with those to be expected if a d ypiimiJLa 
containing sodium nitrate had been exploded in the plane", 
suggested clearance with Division 5 prior to relaying this 
to Denver. 


info 


5:04 PM 


Call placed for 


who is handling this case. 


5jl2 PM 


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SA 

No trace of n 
Those residues 


p ailed to re-word his previous statement. He said, 
troglycerin or other high explosive has been found . 
which were found are consistent with those to be 
expected if a dynamite containing nitroglycerin and sodium nitrate, 
a very common type of dynamite, had been exploded in the plane". 


RECORDED - 










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5*15 PM 

SA |_pdvised of above. He knew of no reason not to 

send this info to Denver at this tine. He suggested advising 
BELMONT of these recent developments, 

Sil? PM 

BELMONT advised. He knew of ho reason not to send this 
info to Denver at this time. Said to tell ASAC MOORE to develop 
fully background of JACK GRAHAM; to determine if GRAHAM has 
purchased or had access to dynamite, 

5:27 PM 

ASAC MOORE was advised of foregoing, I quoted to him |_ 

statement in the 5:12 PM entry above. In response to BELMONT’s 
instructions, MOORE said full background on GRAHAM was in teletype 
submitted yesterday. 

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11/10 


1955 



v'BIJREAU./? 

—Director u ^ 
XXX Mr. Tolso 

M r. Boardman 
_Mr. Nichols 


_WASHINGTON FIELD 

• IDENTIFICATION 

_Mr. Tamm 

_Mr. Trotter 

_Mr. Anderson 

_Mr. Engert 

_Mr. Harris 

_Mr. Hottel 

_Mr. Creighton 

_Mr. Blase 

_Mrs. Colliflower 

_Miss Dawson 

_Mr. Deiss 

_Mr. Granger 


Mr. Belmont 

_Mr. Harbo 

_Mr. Mohr 

_Mr. Parsons 

_Mr. Rosen 

_Miss Gandy 


_Miss LoMedico 
_Mr. Masters 
_Mrs. McNeely 
_Mr. Nolan 
Mr. Norton 
"Mr. Ritz 
_Mr. Row 
.Mrs, Sisson 

_Mrs. Stotler 
.Mrs,'Olson 
_Mr/. Poland 
.Mifss Hines 


_Mr. Holloman 
_Mr.' Si zoo 
_Mr, Renneberger 
_Mr. M.A. Jones 
_Mr. D.J. Brennan 
_Ch. Clerk's Off. 
Personnel Files 


.Messengers 
.Photo Lab 
Room 3201 (Tech) 
JRoom 5208 (Cl) 

.Please see me 
.Please phone me 
.For appro action 
_For your info 
_Pls. note & ret 
_Pls. file special 


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Room 


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STANDARD FORM NO. 04 

Office Memorandum • united states government 


to .. MR. A. H. BELMONT 


FROM I R, R, Roacl 


date -'November 14 9 
1955 , 


* J) TolSon _ 

' In v .Boardmaflf 


^Imont 

Harbo_ 

Mohr_ 

Parsons _ 

Rosen __ 

Tamm'_ 

Sizoo_ 

Winterrowd _ 
Tele. Room . 


/ i. x lamm 

CRASH OF UNITED AIRLINES PLANE 

i; IN COLO RADO, NOVEMBER 1, 1955 _Teie, 

While at tHe^WMteHouse-±hLs mnxnljin (n Zia/xk )_ 

of the Lia±^on Station talked to I __ 

. . \ White House 

b7c Detail} and\ _ |of the White House Staff . All of 

) these men mentioned learning about the ERZla nnTning -the crash of the 

United airliner case and expressed to\ _ |their opinion of _ 

the n \wonderful job" done by the Bureau * Each one 3poke in glowing 
praise of the Bureau*s investigative operations • 


ACTION t 


None . For your information , 


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1-Mr . Belmont 

1-Mr. Baumgardner _ 

1 

I^ETaTson EeoTTon Tickler 






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Office J&eWlOVdtlduWl • united states government 


TO 

FROM f 

SUBJECT: 

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The Director 


L. V, Boardman 



DATS: 11-14-55 


ToUon . 


O 

JACK GILBERT GRAHAM, with aliases 
CRASH UNITED AIRLINES DC 6 
LONGMONT, COLORADO, NOVEMBER 1, 1955 
SABOTAGE 



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After admission was received from Graham reflecting 
that a time bomb had been placed in the, luooaoe o/» Mrs* Daisy 
King, subject's mother, I talked wtt} \ \ in the 

Laboratory and ascertained that there had been recovered at the 
scene of the u>rfi£±_£ 22 Uiant 8 of a dry cell battery plus a clock 
wheel • I asked \ phether any other items reflecting a 

bomb explosion nod been recovered and he stated that that wae 
all they had observed • 


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he felt 


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After disoussing the si tuation with\ 
that it would be desirable to return to Denver to re 1 -examine 
the debris stored in the airplane hangar . He pointed out that 
since it was specifically known that a time bomb had been 
placed in the plane, further examination might be more fruitful • 

JULtex. d iscussing the matter with Mr • Belmont, I 

( instructed^ to catch the first available plane for Denver • 

He departed Vasnington, D» C,, via United Airlines, 8:45 A,M», 
November 14, 1955, with arrival time S:00 P±M., Denver • 











November 10., 1955 







INTERESTING FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATIONS ^ 
PLANE CRASH NEAR LONGMONT, COLORADO 




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Shortly after six o'clock in the evening of 
November 1, 1955* a United Air Lines DC 6B plane left 
Stapleton Field at Denver, Colorado, for Seattle, Washington. 
The forty-four persons aboard the luxurious airliner included 
five crew members and thirty-nine passengers, one of whom 
was an infant. About ten minutes after leaving Denver all 
of these people were killed instantly as the plane crashed 
on a sugar beet farm near Longmont, Colorado. Witnesses 
to the crash claimed the plane exploded, scattering bodies 
and parts of the plane over a two square mile area. 

Almost immediately. United Air Lines officials 
requested the services of the Federal Bureau of Investigation 
to assist in identifying the victims of the crash. Since 
the FBI is always ready to render assistance in the identi¬ 
fication of victims in disasters of this type, fingerprint 
experts were promptly sent to the crash scene. 

As the bodies were recovered they were taken to 
Greeley, Colorado, and placed in a temporary morgue set 
up in the National Guard Armory. Before the arrival of 
the FBI fingerprint experts, nine of the bodies were 
identified by relatives and friends or by personal effects 




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and had been removed from the armory. The remaining 
thirty-five bodies were fingerprinted and twenty-one, 
or 60 ?o of those fingerprinted, were positively identified 
with fingerprints contained in the vast files of the FBI. 

All of the twenty-one persons thus identified 
had-been fingerprinted for various reasons during their 
lifetime and their fingerprints were placed among 
109,700,000 others in the noncriminal section of the FBI, 
fingerprint files. A husband and wife, who were from 
Canada, were identified with fingerprints taken when they 
applied for U. S. naturalization in September 1954 . The 
crew members were identified with fingerprints forwarded 
to the FBI by United Air Lines officials, five passengers 
were identified with fingerprints taken during their 
service in the Air Force, Army, and Navy, six had been 
fingerprinted by reason of employment in defense plants 
during World War II, two had been U. S. Government employees, 
and one victim was fingerprinted in 1941 and had requested 
that his fingerprints be placed in the FBI files for 
personal identification. 

Among the fourteen victims printed and not 
identified by fingerprints, two were men and twelve were 
women. All of these were subsequently identified by 
relatives or personal effects. 


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STANDARD FORM NO. 64 


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Office Memorandum • united states government 


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FROM 


Mr. Tolson 


Li. B. Nic 


DATE: November 14, 1955 


SUBJECT: 


JOHN GILBERT GRAHAM 
SABOTAGE 


,n Tolson —„ 
Pw^Boardmau _ 

Mohr_ 

Parsons_ 

Rosen_ 

Tamm_ 

Sizoo_ 

Winterrowd _ 
Tele. Room . 

Holloman_ 

Gandy_^ 


For r ecord purpose s, at 9:00 a. m. on the morning of £ 
November 14, 1955, of the Bureau of Safety, Civil 

Aeronautics Board (UABJ, cailed to advise he had heard on a newscast > 
of the solution of the United Air Lines plane crash; that they were a 
little bit concerned and wondered if there was any information. I (/ 
confirmed the story to him and told him our people in Denver were in 
touch with their people in Denver. He wondered if we had a substantial 

case. I told him this would depend on later developments which might _ 

develop during the arraignment but that there was no question as to having 
a substantial basis for the statement. I told him that we were making no 
announcement butfor his confidential information, Graham had given us 
a confession; that this could not come out until in a judicial procedures. 


Later on in the morning of the 14th, 

bf CAB, called to advise that Secretary Weeks had heard 
the announcement on the radio and was wondering what the developments 
were. I confirmed the story to him and told him that while the fact had 
not been given out and could not been made public until judicial proceedings 
which might be at the arraignment that Graham had confessed. 


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Mr. Rosen- 
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Office Memorandum • united states government 


Harbo --- 

Mohr___ 

Parsons --— 

Rosen -- 

Tninffl' 

Sizoo-- 

Winterrowd-- 

Tele. Room- 

Holloman - 


I y * Tolson-—^ 

TO . Jffl. A. S. BELMONT d» ^ Danilov. IS, 1955 *gg 1Zr 

. av.?. riirf'orejif.Tiot"' c-oOTAX". 

T M 1 "• J * ■ SIZ00 ? / gr— 

£D:\ Sizoo- 

SUBJECT: JACK GILBERT GRAHAM, with aliases 

CRASH - UNITED AIRLINES, DC-6 . Hoiw»^- 

LONGMONT, COLORADO, NOVEMBER 1, 1955 yjtjtk 

SABOTAGE . 

ASAC Roy K. Moore of the Denver Officet called at 2 h ~~ PM —- 

concerning the captioned nutter as he had some items he thouK QJ 
possible Bureau interest • 

He said Denver Office was making some progress in connection 

U with their efforts to locate the place where Graham bought the timer, 

There have been no significant developments, however, in connection with 
the location of his source for dynamite sticks. With reference to the 

I . timer, Moore said inquiry at the Ryal siumln rtnmnnn ?? —son - 

\Lincoln Street, Denver, disclosed that\ _______ 

lidenti/ied the photograph of Graham as the man who placed an order 
J/or a timer in October 1955 giving the name "Jack" and a phone number b7 C 
t lat which he could be contacted when the timer arrived . The phone numoer 
was that of Graham's residence. The timer arrived on October 26th and 
|] was picked up by an individual identified by Grandy as Graham and two 
11 days later this person returned the timer, trading it for a different 
11 one. In addition to Grandy, three other employees of the Ryal Electric 

H Supply Company identified Graham from photographs as the person who 
purchased the timer • 

Moore also stated that several inquiries had been made by 
relatives of the deceased passengers asking if the luggage of such 
passengers could be made available to them . United Airlines has been 
holding such baggage as of possible interest in connection with the 
investigation, Moore said USA Kelly had informed United Airlines today 
that as far as the Government was concerned, the baggage could be 
j released to relatives . 

Moore mentioned that the Rocky Mountain News for this morning 
carried considerable detailed information concerning this case and 
included in the material were some statements that Moore thought might 
„ have come from the signed statement taken from Graham. Moore said he 

I II mentioned this to the United States Attorney who denied that any 
I information had been made available from the statement, Moore advised 
I that the Denver Office has released no information other than that 
^previously authorised by the Bureau and that the Rocky Mountain News 

I particle closes with the comment that Moore and Burke declined to discuss 
| the case in detail and refused to confirm .or deny that a signed statement 

j&JT taken /ron . Sraham ' record® - * w~ j 


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Mr, Nichols 
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- Baumgardner 

tTj Ifc Mr, Sisoo 


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Mr, Sisoo to Mr, Belmont 


Moore further advised that USA Kelly had discussed this 
case with Warren Olney of the Department yesterday and Kelly ad¬ 
vised that the defendant would be turned over to the Denver City 
and Denver County authorities for prosecution in state court and 
-that USA Kelly had so advised Bert Keating, local district attor¬ 
ney, After receiving this information from Kelly, Keating called 
Moore and discussed the case briefly asking, among other things, 

for the names of some of the key Agents in tlLLs m . Rf >. Moor e acme 

him his own name and that of Special Agents \ _ _ \an(U — 

of the Denver Office who investigated the case and, 
the Laboratory • ,He advised that no request, however~, was macTe 
for any evidence which the Bureau might have in this case, but 
Moore said he expected to receive such a request shortly. He was 
advised that in the event a request for evidence is received, the 
Bureau be contacted in order that the matter of releasing any 
evidence to local authorities can be cleared with the Department, 


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STANDARD FORM NO. 64 


i 

Office Memorandum 


TO 


FROM 


Mr. Tolson 


L. B. Nic 





NITED STATES GOVERNMENT 


DATE: 11/15/55 



'^SUBJECT: 



Tolson 


A jtkaszi ,Board manl 
Nichols * 


JOHN GILBERT GRAHAM 
UNITED AIRLINES, 11/1/55 
SABOTAGE 


lmont 

Harbo _ 

Mohr_ 

Parsons . 
Rosen . 
Tamm . 



After the Director's telegram of 11/15/55, was dispatched/ 
to District Attorney Bert M. Keating of Denver, I called ASAC Moore an 


Sizoo_ 

Winterrowd . 

Room 
Holloman 
Gandy 



furnished him with the contents of the telegram and told Moore that it wc 
"the Director’s desire that he personally contact Keating before the day 
|over and advise he was doing so on the instructions of the Director to implemeftt 
the message which the Director had dispatched to Keating offering the 
investigative and scientific facilities of the FBI in the Graham case. b7C 


I told Moore that we would handle the Graham case exactly like a ^ e 
we would if Keating were a United States Attorney. In other words, we will/tne 
investigation needed but, of course, will not deCadh a detail of men to Keating's 
Office. I further told. Moore that physical evidence in our possession should be 
carefully catalogued and turned over promptly to Keating along with the 
original of Graham’s confession unless Keating directed that we retain it for 
.the purpose of admission at a later date. I further told Moore that we had 
( much to be prouid of in the investigation to date; that we wanted to keep on top of 
“it and see that the ends of justice are completely met. Moore was most 
enthusiastic over cooperating with Keating and stated that he thought it was 
very much worthwhile. 


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Mr. Belmont 


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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION ^ " Mr. Haroo-I 

* Mr. Mohr- 

UNITED STATES DEPAffmENT OF JUSTICE r^”—- 

/’ Mr. Tamrfr-- — | 

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Transmit the following Teletype message to: .DIRECTOR, FBI I Mks Gsr.i-'_» 

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f ^CRUALSAbT^ Re NY tel 11/12/55. _ 

_ ___ l advised on 

11/12/55 he Is employed in Development Division of the Manufactur¬ 
ing Dept, of American Can Co., 100 Park Ave., NYC. Boarded instant 
plane at La Guardia Airport on business trip for company, destina¬ 
tion being a meeting at Rock Island Arsenal. Left plane at Chicago 
and took UAL Flight 243 to Davenport. Had one suitcase and one 
briefcase, both checked on ticket. Suitcase contained clothes. 
Briefcase contained papers. Had no planned or unplanned stopovers. 
No baggage forwarded beyond Chicago. 

Advised he was seated on right side of plane in aisle seat just 
behind coat lockers. A doctor (Ph.D.) who was former prisoner of 
war in Philippines and who is connected with Methodist Church and 
who resides in Manhattan, had window seat. Spent entire trip from 
NY to Chicago conversing with him. Does not recall doctor's name 
or destination. Described flight as quiet, nothing unusual, did not 
hear any excessive motor noises, observed nothing suspicious prior 
to or while in flight. Advised until interviewed was not cognizant 
that instant plane was the one he had traveled on from NY to Chicago, 
Unable to furnish any additional info. 



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TO : Mr. Tolson i/f DA11: 11/15/55' 

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9 *°“ ’ L. B. Nichols lA & 


FROM 


Tolson 
Board many 


SUBJECT: 


L. B. Nichols 

JOHN GILBERT GRAHAM 
SABOTAGE 


Haf'bo_ 

Mohr_ 

Parsons_ 

Rosen _ 

Tamm_ 

Sizoo_ 

Vinterrowd _ 
Tele, RoWn . 


The United Press Ticker carried a story, a copy of C 
which is attached, that today District Attorney Bert Keating at Denver it; 
filed charges against Graham. Keating was active in the National Associatf p^ 
of Prosecuting Attorneys at the time when we needed friends and he was 
most cooperative. We have had excellent relations with him. Regardless o 

what happens, the investigation is still the Bureau’s and it is to the Bureau'_ 

interest to see to it that nothing happens to the evidence or to subsequent ^ * 
investigations that may be necessary. hid 

I would like to suggest that the Director send the attached 
telegram to Keating assuring him of our complete support and that in this case, 
since we started the investigation, he can be assured of the full investigative 
facilities of the Bureau in building up his case and to that end, we are instructing 
the.Special Agent in Charge at Denver to contact him immediately. Keating is 
still an effective force in the National Association of Prosecuting Attorneys 
and even though this case is being prosecuted in state court, it is still our case 
and I can see no possible way whereby anybody could raise a question. 


If you approve, a telegram is attached. 


Enclo sures 


cc - Mr. Boardman 
Mr. Belmont 


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M&> XMPORMATIOH QQWSAM& 

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(CRASH) 


DENVER—THE STATE CHARGED JOHN GILBERT GRAHAM* WITH THE MURDER-FO- 
INSURANCE OF HIS DOTING MOTHER IN A BOMB ®L0T THAT CAUSED AN AIRLINER 
TO CRASH, KILLING HER AND A3 OTHER PERSONS, 

DISTRICT ATTORNEY BERT KEATING, FILED THE CHARGES AGAINST GRAHAM, 2 
WITHIN A FEW HOURS AFTER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD TURNED OVER THE 

CASE TO KIM, ' 

KEATING SAID HE WOULD SEEK TO SEND THE HANDSOME CONFESSED SABOTEUR 
TO THE GAS CHAMBER IN THE CAN n N CITY STATE PRISON. 

KEATING HAD ANNOUNCED EARLIER HE WOULD CHARGE GRHAM INITIALLY ONLY 
FOR THE DEATH OF HIS MOTHER BECAUSE SHE WAS THE ''PRIMARY VICTIM," 
BECAUSE BOTH RESIDED IN DENVER, AND BECAUSE IT WAS WITHIN THAT 
JURISDICTION THAT THE »LOT WAS HATCHED, HOWEVER, HE SAID GRAHAM ALSO 
COULD BE TRIED FOR EACH OF THE 44 DEATHS, 

U.S. ATTORNEY DONALD E. KELLEY SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT, IN 
RELINQUISHING GRAHAM TO STATE CUSTODY FPR TRIAL ON "THE MORE SERIOUS 
CHARGES," WOQLD TRY HIM ON A TECHNICAL CHARGE OF SABOTAGING A NATI ON A 
DEFENSE UTILITY--THE PLANE—IF HE WERE ACQUITTED OF MURDER, 

KELLEY CONFERRED WITH ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL WARREN OLNEY III 
BEFORE ANNOUNCING THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO TURN GRAHAM OVER TO THE 
STATE, HE SAID THERE WAS NO FEDERAL STATUTE APPLICABLE UNDER WHICH 
GRAHAM COULD BE TRIED FOP MURDER IN THE FEDERAL COURTS, 

EITHER OF TWO COLORADO JUDICIAL DISTRICTS. IN DENVER AND IN WELD 
COUNTY, COLO,, WHERE THE PLANE CRASHED, COULD HAVE PROSECUTED GRAHAM FO 
MURDER. 

BUT KELLEY SAID HE CONSIDERED IT "IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF 
JUSTICE" TO HAVE THE CHARGES BROUGHT IN DENVER. HE SAID THE LATTER 
COURT WOULD BE MORE AVAILABLE TO THE CHIEF WITNESSES SUCH AS AGENTS OF 
THE FBI AND EMPLOYES AND OFFICIALS OF UNITED AIR LINES. 

KEATING SAID HE PERSONALLY WOULD HANDLE THE PROSECUTION OF GRAHAM, 

AND IMMEDIATELY ASSIGNED A STAFF OF INVESTIGATORS TO BEGIN ASSEMBLING 
POTENTIAL WITNESSES. 

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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATE 
ETED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUS 




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To: COMMUNICATIONS SECTION. 
Transmit the following message 

Met &uasnT u a»ABAM 

SABOTAGE, 


12-15-55 


^kC, DSSTSP 


ALL TNFOJC T.'.’noiX CONTAINED 
HEREIN IS UNCI ASSmSD ■. . 

HATE U/iJiV _ 


PeButel Mevember 14, 1955, 


Coast Guard records reflect one /ttfk Gilbert Graham, 
aerial mambar #79J 77, enlisted far 4 years aa seaman recruit, 
April 14, 1948, Seattle, Washington, and transferred Coast 
Guard Baaa, Seattle • during routine interview, April 87, 

1948, Graham stated that "he is very interested in engines 

of all types and had experience in overhauling them. Alee _ 

MajfcJ ted. _in radie ilinni.”_5a®* late transferred b' 

_ \ Transferred August' tpzzt, - 

PoasJ "Guard Training Station, Groton, Connect taut, 

A#01 /**©« September 31, 1948, to Meuember 3, 1948, 

Tried before Summary Court-martial Moaenbar 18, 1948, and 
pleaded guilty , Sentenced to forfeit $30 pay per month for 
4 months, to perform extra duties totaling 80 hours, and 
to be dishonorably discharged, in accordanoe with recom¬ 
mendation of Commandant, the Acting Secretary of the Treasury 
on December 10, 1046, approved proceedings, finding, and 
sentence, but mitigated that part of sentence imposing Dis¬ 
honorable Discharge subject to prebationary period of 6 
monthsf further, he reduced lose of pay to fl£ per month for 
period of 4 months. 


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i to Admitted December l, 1948, te United States Marine 

* 3 m Boepital, sMia Island, Mew Tort, for inpatient medical 
1 w £ treatment. Medical Survey Teport dated December IS, 1948, 

= United Staten-Partne 3capital, Sllie Island, Mew Terk, signed 

5 S by f, T, Davie, Sr-, Surg, , United States Public Wealth Ser- 
> § vice, VSMi L, P, Paul, Aset, Surg . (P), USfWS, 333 / and 

- Theodore G, Branfman, Aset, Surg, (n), 3SP9S, 3SM, Diagnosis, 

no decease, temperamentally unsuited for cerates, 

•/>!,!> "Msipmry of ease historyt The abeve-muued ,4s aa 

' Tolon mf -year-eld single Shite Coast Guardsman, referred te this 
Board optgjkeepttal for neuropoychiatric evaluation from the 3, S* - 
Sftpi Go as t Guardi: WIppGnAng Station at Groton, Connecticut, where 
HarbI —-Jie had been placed on brig status following « period of 
Dofcnnc LftS daya A 9 01, Pat tent states at this timet r J just took 
Bose 4(^0 notion I*d get out of the service by going A90L, I was 

l E^ a up “ m ,ByUg u " air ‘ i<r * 

Tele. Room- I--1 > a ’yAtiCJ'g”' 

Hoiioman —^ . Boom. 1706, Bureau (Sent direct) a Sf 


Tolson 
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_FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGAT ION. 

flKLTED STATES EEPARTMENT OF JUS^^ 


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To: COMMUNICATIONS SECTION. 

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for thing* that didn't seam to be wry Important. X had 
jHoq and X want to Mata Tork, Chisago, Ge org to, Washington, 
3, G , X too* hitch-hiking, I had a lot af fan drinking, 
dancing, gatng to portico, X dan't /cal carry a beat it but 
X*n net hippy a beat It/ tt*m fast one of theca thing*, but 
I den't ahnt a bad a endue t discharge,' 


"Patient me* barn Jan, S3, 1930 in Denver, Colorado . 
Pattern’s father died when he m* 3 year* eld, following 
which he we* reared by hie gran&moMher, a* hi* nether went 
to work. Me * toyed with hi* groodtaother until the age of 
6, following which he wa* placed in a school for boy*, which 
4* mao extremely distasteful and occasioned his running away 
on numerous occasion* In order to attempt to return heme te 
see hiq Mother, then patient was 11 years old hio mother 
remarried and he returned to live with hie mother and otep- 
father. Me etatee he did well following this and enjoyed 
; macing a horn again, Me went as far ao the firet year In 
high school, at which time He was IS year* of ago, following 
f which he went to work on his etepfather'e ranch, which work 
he states he enjoyed very mtoh. Pear month* prior te join¬ 
ing tho service he was on his way to Seattle to visit his 
stepsister bat instead decided to get a Job In Seattle, 
doing longshoreman f e work. Mo got into an argument with 
the foreman them and cm an impulse and apparently ao an 
att empt to assert his independence he deo>td‘ed to Join the 
'Ahmet Guard, Me woe stationed for hio firet 6 menthe In 
Seattle, stating that he did not get Into maoh difficulty 
there, and after that ve* sent to the 0, S, Coast Guard 
Training Station, Groton, Connecticut, where Ms adjustment 
was apparently very poor and where he was gmilty of numsrouo 
minor infractions, ultimately leading, after 4 weeks in 
Groton, to hio going APOL for 43 days, 


Tolson — 
Boardman . 

Nichols_ 

Belmont_ 

Harbo_ 

Mohr_ 

Parsons_ 

Rosen_ 

Tamm_ 


"At this time patient wishes to leave the servtee 
and return home, Momver, as might be anticipated, his 
plans are very vague and don't exhibit careful thinking. 

Me has some tentative ideas ef becoming an atrplane pilot* 

'Poet surgical and wed teal history is essentially 


non-contributory, 


*Patient stated, in regard to hio future, 'If X 


stay in the Coast Guard and don't got leave I'll go over the 


Sizoo- 

Tele. Room _ & H X again to see my mother,' 

Holloman 
Gandy 


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federal bureau of investigation^ 

flkiTED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUS^^fe 


AIPTSl 


To: COMMUNICATIONS SECTION. 

Transmit the following message DKMfSk 


"As is somewhat evident from the /met* in the 
patt***** background, thi* man is cm *x<$**dingly immature 
trA ivtduni mho has exhibited poor Judgement and who Undo 
to mt on impulses* that he will mho any bettor adjustment 
to oervtoe life than he has up to now to exceedingly question* 
able because of his immaturity and poor Judgement, Be is 
o dependent person, with strong ties to mother* Me tolerates 
frustrations, seen those in the normal course of work, very 
poorly • Other evidences of his poor Judgement and impulsive 
behavior are to he seen in seme of the infraetiens he has 
committed U t hie service life$ namely, sleeping on watch, 
stealing food while on watch , and returning to work drunk* 

Me states, 7 Just haven H gotten along* Things seem to he 
innocent and PC minutes later Z 9 d he put down for it* 9 

*Patient has been informed of the findings of the 
board and does not desire bo submit a statement in rebuttal* 

"Recommendattan* That patient he discharged from 
th S* Coast Vuard as temperamentally unsuited for service," 

Memorandum dated January 0, 1949, from Cemnantant 
to .Commander, 3rd Coast Vuard District, states that in view 
of medical Survey Peport dated December IS, 1 MB, and re com* 
nendat ion thereon, Vraham ehauld be teemed Vomeral Discharge 
by reason of unsuitability, Vraham issued Vomeral Discharge 
under honorable condittono (tmsuitabtlity) January 86, 1949 , 
Mew Torn City, as seaman apprentice* 

Additional information reflected in Vraham *s Coast 

Vuard record set cut below? 

Mmo Jack vtibsrt Vraham 

latest description dated 



bate of birth 
Place of btrth 

April 194# 
January 93, 1930 
Denver, Colorado 

Tolson 

Cttisenehip 

Waited states 

Board man 

Nichols 

”aoe 

Caucasian 

Belmont 

Height 

7li inches 

Harbo 

Mohr 

Weight 

169 pound* 

Parsons 

Sues 

Vrsen 

Rosen 

Tflmm 

Matr 

Black 

Sizoo 

Complexion 

fair 

Winterrowd_ 

Tele. Room__ 

Holloman_ 

Gandy 

Marital status 

Single 


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To: COMMUNICATIONS SECTION, 
Transmit the following message 


avi} 


Meksy Mechanics 

tier vice Saheole dee trod 


Education 


Vomer occupation* 


Mono address 


Pelattms 


i, Motor Machinist Mato 
#• Sloe trie tan 

3, Aviation Eloctrteian** Mato 
J teaduan elementary School 
(XJS5 - IMS) 

Tamsa Sigh 
Tanka, Colorado 
(1943 - i:>46) 

Poaching - Jack McCracken, 
JHamond Over Q Punch 
Conner, Colorado 
TurnpulX Operator - Morrison 
and Knotso». Mops Build tag 
Seat tie (4-48) 
longshoreman - American 
Trait Company* Seat tie 
(3-48 to 3-48) 

Ktffhth Virginia 
Seattle, fashing ton 
(4-48) 
dais is King 
mother 


Teaanae, Colorado 

(4-4fj) 

Father, deceased 

Che actor references £* C, Chtndorf 

Toponae f Colorado 
(4 - 43 ) former employer 
Vd f. Shaker 
Pouts 1 

Toponae (4-48) 

Floyd Csrnaham 
Toponae (4-48) 


Tolson --— 

Board man_ 

Nichols- 

Belmont- 

Harbo _ 

Mohr _—_-— 

Parsons_ 

Rosen - 

Tamm-- 

Sizoo- 

Vinterrowd- 

Tele, Room_ 

Holloman_ 

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STANDARD FORM NO. 64 


Office Memorandum • united states government 



Tolfton_ 

Board man . 


Belmont . 

Harbo _ 

Mohr_ 

Parsons . 

Rosen_ 

Tamm_ 

Sizoo_ 


Winterrowd_ 

Tele. Room_ 

HollonraT^ ^ 


A± 3l3Q. E*JL^, November 15 ._ 1955. 


the Bureau and was referred to 


telenhanicallii contacted 


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aatd that he has been reading newspaper accounts of the crash of the 
United Airlines plane near Denver and the arrest and confession of 
Jack Gilbert Graham • He said that the n Datly News n of November 15, 
1955, stated that, according to the president of United Airl £n&&* 
the plane which crashed was 35 minutes late leaving Denver • 


said that if it had left on time, the explosion might have taken place 
somewhere near Medicine Bow Peak, Wyoming, ipfterg anothe r United 
Airlines plane crashed several weeks ago • | p aid that the 

thought occurred to him that possibly Graham might Have placed a.' 
bomb on the plane which crashed near Medicine Bow Peak several weeks 
ago and sugge sted that th ^e Bureau might want to look into this 
possibility • 


V Its ¥ ytk V 1 / DU JL V U rn 9b UV <//» » a 

Jwaa thanked for his interest in furnishing 


his observation to Bureau • 

The crash of a United Airlines plane at Medicine Bow Peak, 
Wyoming, occurred in early October and all 66 occupants of the plane 
were killed • The Civil Aeronautics Board ts presently conducting an 
official inquiry into this crash, and the Bureau has maintained 
liaison with the Board but has received no indication that sabotage 
was involved • From the facts available, it appears that the pilot 
was off course and flew into the side of a mountain • 

ACTION: 


Although 
iobservation, it ts 


_ [stated that the above ts merely an 

recommenced that his comments be furnished to 
l£ivtl Aeronautics Board through Liaison . If you approve, this 
[memdrandiM^should be^routed to the Liaison Section for handling • b/C 


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DATS: 11/14/55 


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D. J. Parsons 





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CRASH - UNITED AIRLINES DC-6 
FLIGHT 629 - LONGMONT, COLORADO, 
7 bvember 1, 1955 

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Winterrowd-- 

Tele. Room- 

Holloman- 


?ou advised me this morning that 

of Civil Aeronautics, was coming to see the TJWeaTor to discuss /■ 
possibilities of preventing bombs being put aboard commercial airlineis b 7C 
in baggage of passengers such as was done in the United Airlin e | n n?1 

November 1. 

Confirming our conversation, I believe that there ._ ... _ 3 
ment or technical means which would afford the certainty of actually * 
opening and inspecting bagga ge . P ermission to open at least suspicious 
packages Gould be condition to the purchase of an airline ticket. 



The best technical means would be X-ray equipment using a 

I fluoroscope which would permit an instant image of the interior of the 
parcel on a fluroscope screen. With relatively little experience, a 
competent employee would be able to identify the usual articles and 
would probably be able to identify o bomb such as one consisting of 
sticks of dynamite, batteries, and clock mechanism. It would be possible 
to shield the bomb in a sheet metal container to avoid detection by a 

I fluoroscope. Portable fluoroscope3 cost in the neighborhood of $1,500 
to $2,000. For a larger operation such as would be encountered at a 
major air terminal, there is X-ray equipment available utilising a 
traveling conveyor belt and fluoroscope screens. These are used 
industrially in factories to permit rapid inspection of many products 
such as inspecting cereal boxes to prevent foreign objects being con¬ 
tained in the packages for sale. These industrial units would probably 
cost $10,000 to $20,000 or even more if a large capacity operation was 
set up. 



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No other technical means approaches the certainty of the X-ray.^ 
Stethoscope or sound amplifying devices might be used to detect a ticking 
clock which might be used as the timing device for the bomb. Dis¬ 
advantages of this would include the fact that bombs could be exploded 
with time devices not requiring a ticking clock and the fact that many 
passengers would probably have traveling clocks or watches in their 
luggage. 


This confirms the information t,hat you telephonically furnished 
the Director ■ • . 


REGO, 


ACTION : None, for information. 


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Hall 


THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 


November lb 9 1955 


Director, FBI 


Um GILBERT GRAHAM 

crash of united Am 

FLIGHT 629 
LONGMONT, COLORADO 
NOVEMBER 1, 1955 
SABOTAGE 


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Reference is made to my memorandum dated 
November 3, 1955* advising that the FBI was entering 
the investigation of the crash of a United Airlines 
DC-6B at Longmont, Colorado, on November 1, 1955* and 
to my memorandum dated November l*f, 1955* advising that 
lack Gilbert Graham had been arrested for causing the 
explosion which wrecked this plane in order to collect 
insurance on his mother. 

The Civil Aeronautics Board has the: m _ 
responsibility of determining the cause of am ac&d&t 
to a commercial aircraft* Pursuant to an agreement <*lth 
that Board the FBI is advised promptly uhon theidf is any 
indication of sabotage in the crash of a commercial 03 
aircraft. •.« s o 


Section 2151 of Title 18, Baited Stated CoSe, 
define* an aircraft whereon or whereby *natidhal«$effnse 
material* 1 or any troops of the Dhited States are being 
or may be transported as a “national-defense utility." 
Section 2155 of Title 18, United States Code, prohibits 

...-—tiie willful Injuring or destruction of “national-defense 

COMM ~ FBltfciiltles* with intent to injure, interfere with, or 
l £ i^j^ypetruct the national defense of the United States. 

■ In thie and similar ease* the intint of the 

.‘"'“"'Tndlvldhml fevpfcihttble is generally unknown until the 

case has been solVbd and the individual responsible 
oison i identified. In this case the Civil Aeronautic* Board 

T'rVKp advised-\U* that the crash was caused by _an explosion and 

1«XI requested that we enter the lnveaklge tlbh as ■ a possible 

arbo —— violation of the sabotage statutes was InvdXtwd, - 

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vflif isvisvii|itJjo& rtsuwt in a o oar titiwi 
froa Grahaa that ha va* wip o a iiM Li for the exnlealea 
that eanted this cragh, Xt vat net feaot&i whether 
hit native sight ha oenstml aa sabotage aatll his 
eenfeeeioa vat obtained* At that tine ttaa natter vat 
iaaediately presented to tha Ohited State# Attorney* 

We are sabnittl&g thaaa facts to you for 
future guidance» tinea It la understood tana question 
hat arisen aa to investigative jurisdiction ha sach 
natters* ha would a ppr eciate year views aa to whether 
investigation should la undertaken la siallar situations 
la tha future* 


2 ec - Hr# williaa p* Rogers 

Deputy Attorney General 


2 cc * Assistant Attorney General 
williaa foapteins 


2 cc * Aaalataat Attorney General 
warren Glney XXX 






STANDARD FORM NO. 64 


Office M&mWandum • united states government 


‘DIRECTpR, FBI 

fro NEW HAVEN (98-1165) 

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passenger #1 instant flight from New York to Chicago, was 
destined to a business meeting in Appleton, Wisconsin for his 
employer, American Newspaper Publishers of America; one piece luggage 


removed at Chicago. 
with his 


No unusual circumstances noted. 


]of same firm, a residen t of Riege lsville, 


traveled 


Pennsylvania. Philadelphia requested to interview [ 




___ traveled 

instant flight from New York to Chicago to attend a convention "in 
Chicago. He is official of Morningstar Nickel Co., 63.0 W. 51st Street, 
New Y 0 rk City.. Two pieces luggage plus hand case removed at Chicago; 
none forwarded beyond Chicago. Reported an oil drip from near portside 
motor to crew. This dried up by time plane reached Chicago. 


passenger #39 

New York to Chicago, employed by Kimberly-Clark Corp., paper manufacturers] 
and destined to sales meeting at Oshkosh . Wiscons in. Carried one han dbag 
aori no luggage forward ed bevon ri Chicago. I l traveled with l I 


motor. 


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Jof same firm. also spoke of oil drip from near port 


had reservation to 
Denver from New York, instant flight.. Intended destination: visit 
he n I Stated she 

was unable to get ready and cancelled October-30, 1955. Intends to 
make trip later this month. 




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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 


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AIRTEL VIA AIRMAIL 

Transmit the following Teletype message to: 

PJBfl ALBANY 11/14/55 

/DIRECTOR, FBI (98-43035) 


Mr. TolJSftlM-yJ 
"'Mr. Boardmaaii- 
Mt. Nichols— 

Mr. Belmont 

Mr. Harbo- 

Mr. Mohr- 

Mr. Parsons-. 

Mr. Rosen- 

Mr. Tamm- 

Mr. Sizoo- 

Mr. WinterrowcL 

Tele. Room-- 

Mr. HoHomm.™ j 
Miss G®m Jy—__ 


< v CRUALSAB. 




Re Denver tel 11/14/55, 


Investigation discontinued Albany, No pertinent 
information developed and UACB, no report being submitted. 


END 

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UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 


Mr. Tolson \/\ 


DATE: 


- 11 / 14 / 54 ^^ 


FROM 


SUBJECT: 


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L. B. Nichol’s _ggftB 

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JOHN GILBERT GRAHAM 
SABOTAGE 

UNITED AIRLINES, 11/1/55 


Boardmant 
NiflWJs _ 


Bohr __ 

Parsons 

Rosen_ 

Tamm_ 

Sizoo- 

Winterrowd _ 
Tele. Room . 


Holloman _ 

Gandy v\ 

Lou Carroll, the news editor of the New York He raid-Tribune, V ; J V> 

I called to advise me that | had just contacted him and told him that 

he wanted the New York He raid - Tr ibune and He raid-Tribune Syndicate to do a<h .. 

| all-out job on the work of the Bureau in the United Airlines c a s 

Carroll stated that he and | fr n a discussion on this, felt that 

this case was one of the most dramatic things that has happened and would do more^- 
to put the FBI in its proper light than most any other story that has occurred in 
the past 20 years. Both of them felt that this story is much more dramatic than \ 

even the Dillinger case; that what they would like to do is to concentrate on the 1 

FBI as an institution, how it wofRs'as a team, the hundreds of leads that were run \2v 
out, the painstaking att ention to detail and how the FBI tracked down the case. 

Carroll stated that both | | and he thought that this was one of the greatest g 

opportunities which has come along to do the job that needs to be done to undercut 
some of the left-wing crowd that have been trying to hamstring the Bureau over £§ 
the years. p* 

>* 

I told Carroll that as of this moment there was simply nothing more § 
that we could say; that some additional details mig ht develop during the arraignment^ 
that we deeply appreciate the interest which he ancj had in doing a job q 

and that early this afternoon, we would be in a better position to tell them whether o 
there was anything/felse that we could develop and make public which would give therr&| 
the opportunity they need. ;* if § 


In the meantime, I think we should keep an open mind on this and 
see what we can develop as it couldjbe handled on any terms that we desired to set. 


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Mr. Belmont 


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Memorandum for Mr. Tolson from L. B» Nichols 11/14/55 

RE: JOHN GILBERT GRAHAM 

SABOTAGE 

united Airlines, 11 / 1/55 


Carroll stated that the wire service story so far is devoid of 
( the sidelines and sideplays which would enable a writer to take readers behind 
the scene and develop a truly big story. I think that perhaps we might find that 
our hands are tied but as soon as we can explore the possibilities, we will then 
submit any recommendations that we can come up with. 









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«T AMOAVtD ro*M NO. 04 


Office Memorandum • united states government 


• Mr, 


•Mr, 


V, Boardmn 


Belmont 


11-5-55 


! subject : CRASH - UNITED AIRLINES DC-6 

FLIGHT 629 - LONGMONT, COLORADO ,i 
November 1, 1955 




Tolson __ 

* Harbo — 

Mohr- 

ParsonsT 


Sizoo- 

Winterrowd - 
Tele. Room . 

Holloman_ 

Gandy_- 


I Reference is made to the attached memorandum to 

Mr, Tolson dated 11-4-55 which indicated that there was, / 

convincing evidence to indicate there had been a violent 
explosion aboard this plane immediately prior to the crash 
which had not been brought about by any function of the 
*plane or its mechanism. The Denver Office by teletype which 
|u»as received at the Bureau on 11-5-55 furnished the following 
P information regarding the possibility of sabotage in connection 
this crash. 


1 ) At thi3 time no information has oeen reue wuiuri 

-lioould indicate that a bomb or any other type explosive had 
) \been placed on the plane by a person or persons for the 
£jo yljpurpose of vjrecking the plane, 

O ^ V 2) Previous information had been received to the effect 

fefiNl that a 45-pound suitcase had been put aboard the uhm£. at 
Denver, ThfLs su i. tease pas addressed from in 

New York tq in Seattle, The aH^resses~lEere 


been received which 
type explosive had 


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ivew iorK tq | m Seattle, The addresses were 

alleged to be fTcTTFTous, The Denver Office has now advised 
that this 45-pound package was located in the wreckage and 
turned out to be a duffel bag containing inexpensive wearing 
apparel and other personal articles , 

3) More recent information concerning the explosion itself 
indicates that the explosive force was directly upward from the 
rear luggage and baggage compartment of the plane. Very small 
fragments of material were forced through the top and sides of 
the plane's aluminum covering, The force of the explosion can 
be determined in some measure by the fact that bits of plane 
wreckage from one inch in size to huge pieces were strewn over 
an area of better than two mile in length and one mile in width. 


cc Parsons 
Boardman 
Belmont 


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Memorandum for Mr• Boardman 


Well organised crews are conducting a systematic crime scene 
search of this entire area, All plane parts and other articles 
regardless of sise which are found are being labeled and 
delivered to the United Airlines warehouse at Denver where 
they are being placed on the floor in the same relative 
position at which they are located at the scene of the crash • 

1 4) Previous information received indicating that some 
wooden boxes containing highly volatile material had been 
shipped on this plane by a national concern has been checked 
out, It was determined that the shipment in question involving 
the two plywood boxes had been shipped by the Goodrich Rubber 
Company, Akron, Ohio, to the Western Airlines at Seattle, 
b7C a WashinPlQILt T hese boxes contained plastic adhesive, &A 

of the Bureau Laboratory advised that the only 

» ’explosive material contained in plastic adhesive is a thinner 
which in his opinion could not have caused the type of 
explosi on • 

5) With respect to the strike of the Flight Engineers 
1 .International Association - AFL at Denver, the Denver Office 
}has advised that the strike started 10-23-55, The striking 
'flight engineers have been picketing the United Airlines 
airport but no acts of violence have occurred in this connection • 
Pilots and co-pilots flying as flight engineers are operating 
lithe United Airlines planes• No information has been received 
ilwhich would indicate that the striking flight engineers committed 
ifca/iy act which would have caused this crash. However, Union 

officials were quoted in local Denver papers as stating the Union 
was set back 20 years when the United Airlines Company hired 
±£±±£± 1 . n/»A —£jum ±h£.—Bivens Agency to guard their property • 

_ |of Flight Engineers International 

Association, is reportedly planning to meet in Washington, D, C,, 
with AFL officials to find out why pilots are allowed to fly 
as flight engineers. This is, of course, considered as rscabbing 
on part of pilots • 


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Memorandum for Mr • Boardman 


. 6) The Denver office has advised that there are no 

7 iknown factors at this time which would bring this crash 
’['■within the Bureau's investigative jurisdiction, Denver 
.pointed out there is no evidence to indicate sabotage at 
‘, th i s point and recommended against initiating an investigati on 
i %at this time • 


OBSERVATIONS : 


I .From the fact3 developed to date we know that this 
crash was brought about by an explosion which originated in 
the rear of the plane, It would appear that this explosion 
was not brought about through any faulty mechanism of the 
airplane itself. It has not yet been determined whether it 
could have been caused by explosive material being legitimately 
shipped on the plane. In considering all information in our 
possession there is no evidence at this time to the effect that 
any person or persons placed explosives aboard the plane for 
the purpose of bringing about the crash. In view of the fact 
'[there is no evidence of deliberate sabotage at this point it is 

felt that we should not initlndiR an _ uma^tigation into this plane 

icrash. It is felt that _ |of the FBI Laboratory 

should remain at the scene until all pieces of the wreckage and 
baggage have been located in order that he may make whatever 
examination is necessary in his capacity;.as..a Laboratory Examiner 
assisting the Civil Aeronautics Board to determine the cause of 
the accident, 

REC OMMENDAT IONS : 

If you agree the following instructions will be 
issued to the Denver Office: 

l) No investigation is to be made at this time. 


3 









Memorandum for Mr* Boardman 


2) (SAI_I will remain at Denver assisting 

0AB to determine the cause of the accident until all parts of 
the plane and baggage have been located and examined. 


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3) Denver Office through liaison with CAB and United 
Airlines will determine as soon as possible when all baggage 
and cargo aboard the plane have been checked out in order to 
determine whether the plane was carrying any explosive material. 


4) The Denver Office will continue to stay on top 
of this Situation and keep the Bureau promptly advised on 
all signifi cant developments • 


ADDENDUM 4 P. M. (ll~5 - Si zoo) 

I called SAC Burke concerning this case and inquired if 
any request for FBI investigation had been received from the Civil 
Aeronautics Board. He said no such request had been received. Hm-2 
also asked if the cargo aboard the plane had been checked out. He 
stated thi3 had not yet been completed, that United Airlines and 
DAB are still working on it and for assistance UAL has requested all 
shippers to duplicate their shipments. Burke was accordingly advised 

I in accordance with the above recommendations that no Bureau 
investigation should be instituted at this time; that I I sftouj ;L- 

continue to assist CAB in his capacity as a Laboratory examiner; 

.that Denver should follow developments closely with CAB and UAL and 
keep the Bureau advised. 








UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 


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Office Memorandum 


TO t 


MR, TOLSON 


D» J% Person 


DATE: 


11/4/55 





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Tele. Room — 

Holloman- 

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cdbjbct: CRASH - ZWJm> AIRLINER DC-6 ?““" owd 

FLIGHT 629 - LONC^miT^mLQ&Am, hoi^JT 

November 1, 195U 0 ^ f , Fn f/ f - 

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I talked to SAC Burke W^UWWJdJ^Colorado, who advised‘ine that 
based on what our Laboratory man has found, there is most convincing 
evidence that there was a violent explosion aboard this plane imme¬ 
diately prior to the crash not caused by any function of the plane x or 
its mechanism, He mentioned several individual items concerning the 
manner in which the tail was separated from the plane by forces toward 
the rear, the manner in which rivets were pulled through holes of the 
plane construction rather than tearing the rivet holes, all of which 
are consistent with the description of several witnesses who reported 
the flash of flame while the plane was still in the air, 


SAC Burke said that the United Airlines employee who was k7C 
experienced Loathe investigation of crashes and with whom our Laboratory 
man, &4| has previously worked on plane crashes had independently 

I H come totfie conclusion that such an explosion had occurred and pointed 
I to some of the same evidence that our man had found, This United Airlines 
I man, of course, knows nothing of our findings, and I told SAC Burke to 

I f make sure that no report is given to anyone at this time , that if he 
[ is pressed, he should tell them that we won't know until returns 

1 to the Laboratory and completes the work here, 

I I SAC Burke says that United Airlines has established that a 

45-pound suitcase was aboard the plane addressed from Jack Murray in 
New York to Jack Murray in Seattle and that these are fictitious 
addresses. The suitcase was put aboard the plane at Denver, 

ill 

I SAC Burke said he did not know where the so-called expert, 

Wilson# head of the Wisconsin Crime Laboratory, who had been employed 
I by the "United Airlines, was, that he certainly had been kept out of our 
\m,y ond^aj, not even be^r^d^^j ? ^ ^ y . 

r* In view of the above findings which appear to support the 
Bureau egfering the investigation, I transferred SAC Burke to Mr, Belmont's 
office, and Denver is submitting a teletype summary Jnorder that further 
consideration can be given to entering the case/ ' ii 

ACTION : For information and further recommendation will be submitted by 

the Domestic Intelligence Division, , f 

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Boardman 
Nichols _ 
Belmont _ 

Harbo __ 

Mohr 



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United Air Lines, Inc. 
555 Fifth Avenue 
New York, New York 


Dear 



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Thank you very much for your telegram 
of November 14, a955, concerning our efforts in connection 
with the plane crash near Longmont, Colorado. My 


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associates and I are deeply grateful for your generous 


comments, and we appreciate your courtesy in extending 
congratulations. Should an occasion arise in which we can 


be of service in the future, I do hope that you will not 


hesitate to call upon us. 



Sincerely yours, 

2a Edgar_Hooves 


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cc - Denver, with copy of 


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NOTE: 

crash ^Longmont, Colorado, on 11-1-55. The Bureau entered 


Winterrowd 
Tele. Room 
Holloman_ 


the investigation on 11-8 and on 11-14 JRapk Gilbert Graham was 
rrested. Graham admitted dynamiting the plane to collect the 

ce on his mother who was a passenger. Our Denver Office 
notified United Air Lines in Denver that Graham had been arrested. 


Gandy “Reference books in Bureau Library give several addresses for United Air Lines ; 
however a since the telegram is from New York it is deemed advisable to write 
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NOTE: |_ |at the New York address . There had been 

prior cordial correspondence with him, and he recently sent 
a check for $3,000 for the Special Agents insurance fund 
which was returned to him. 













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WE IN UNITED AIR LINES ARE MOST GRATEFUL T» YOU AND YOUR 
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Transmit the following message to: LIAISON REPRESENTATIVE 

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA 


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CBAift ijNITH) AIRLINES DC BASS SIX, FLIGHT SIX TWO NXXB, LONGMONT, 
COLORADO, NOVEMBER ONE, FIFTTFIW, SABOTAGE. RI BUREAU RADIOGRAM 
NOVEMBER NIKS LAST. AS YOU ARB NOW AWARE SUBJECT JACK GILBERT 
GRAMAM ARRESTED THIS CASE. INVESTIGATION REQUESTED BUREAU 
RADIOGRAM SHOULD BE DISCONTINUED. FURNISH RESULTS INFORMATION 


PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPED. 


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STANDARD FORM NO* 04 


Office Memorandum • united states government 


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•OBJECT: 


Mr. Ros 


Mr. Winter 



DATS: H-15-55 

Time of Call; 
> 8:15 p.m. 


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Board man . 

Nichols_ 

Belmont _ 

Harbo_ 

Mohr_ 

Parsons_ 

Rosen_ 

Tamm __ 


MISCELLANEOUS - I^ORMATl^SXOECSBNING 

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telephone Capita 



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Winterrowd „ 

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called in regard to the mass murder by sabotage on the part of John Gilbert 
Graham. Reed stated that he was "mad about it" and thought that Graham 
should receive the death penalty for his hideous crime rather tha n ten. 
years as the newspapers state he will receive. 


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desired to know the results of the FBI t s investiga 
to just why Graham had done such a thing. 


ion 


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_|was told that t 

by the FBI were confidential.' 



ts of any 'investigation conducted 
attention was also invited to the 


fact that according to newspapers the .State of Colorado is planning to 
file a murder charge against Graham, and is considering other charges. 
| |was told that the ten-year penalty' that he was referring to liras 
apparently a state ment o f what Graham would receive under the Federal 
sabotage statute, 
appreciated. 


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was told his interest in this matter was 


This is for your information.. 







2 NOV 171955 


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return, b'jzzav cf twzsmnricN 

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 

COMMUNICATIONS SECTION 


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SA«f, DENVER 
DIRECTOR, FBI 


11-15-55 5-25 PM MST 


Mr. Tolsor 


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^r. Mohr_ 

Mr. Parsons- 

Mr. Rosen- 

Mr. Tamm-- 

Mr. Sizoo- 

Mr. WinterrowcL 
Tele. Room— 

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"cRUALSA~B.' v ) in ABSENCE or DISTRICT ATTORNEY BERT KE ATING, 

, r „l 1 WAS b7C 

DENVER COUNTY, HIS j ___1 

CONTACTED TO REAFFIRM THE FACT WE WERE AVAILABL E AT ANV |- - 

TIME FOR FULL DISCUSSION CONCERNING THIS CASE. I - 

STATED THEY WOULD MAKE "* 

ANY AND ALL RAMIFICATIONS. ' TO TURN OVER CUSTODY OF 
MOCKUP PORTION OF PLANE TO MR. KEATING AS OF TWELVE MIDNIGHT. 
CONTINUED CONTACT NUMEROUS COMPANIES WHICH SELL TIMING DEVICES 
JFAILS TO REFLECT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. SOU RCE OF DYNAMITE ^ 

HAS NOT BEEN LOCATED. ATTEMPTED INTERVIEW Of|-1 

-Reflects she is in steamboat springs, 

but will return via train this pm. she will again be 
thoroughly interviewed, however, she has been interviewed in 

THE PAST AND STATED SHE HAD NO INFORMATION. MUTUAL OF OMAHA 

representatives turned over to da keating this date the 

ORIGINALS OF THE INSURANCE POLICIES MENTIONED IN MYTEL YESTERDAY. 
(ADDITIONAL EXAMINATION OF DEBRIS OF CRASH AND AUTOMOBILES OF 
;H graham fail,to reveal additional phvsical^evidwce.^ wves^gation 
1 CONTINUING ANp REPORT BEING PREPARED FOR DICTATION. 


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E nd and ack pls RECORDED.86 U6M - \ ' 

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Office Memorandum • united states government 


2!ff£ DIRECTOR 


November 


1955 


from * x* 7# Boardmanp w ^\ 


SUBJECT: 


CRASH - UNITED AIRLINER DC- 6, 

Flight 629 - Longmont, Col or ado , ^FORMATION COOTA3&8® 
November 1 .^955*-— ^®Eor ISIMCLASSIPISD , 

C^&ra 5 1 - TiArtt *fo/Z>V m^MCs£J& 


Tolsoa — 
Board man . 

gtffTnrtrt* 
Belmont _ 

Harbo_ 

Mohr__ 

Parsons®^ 


Slzoo_ 

Winterrowd _ 
Tele. Room . 
Holloman_ 


'UAL), 



to my office this afternoon and advised the purpose of his visit was 
merely to acquaint the seat of government of the FBI with instant 
air crash, and the fact that the plane had, for an as yet unknown 


treason, disintegrated midair, without an y prior ind ications from the 
pilot that he was encountering trouble • 1 l aduised that UAL 

presently has its flight engineers out on strike • He stated that 
UAL understands the FBI's jurisdiction thoroughl y . and hay alway s 
had such ex cellent cooperation from the FBI that I [ the 

f UAL wag merelu d esirous of having this situation called 
~ ! Ud~our~a : 5 : Uention • | | stoted that the Vice President in Charge 

of UAL at Denver fias Feen Tn continuous contact with the Civil 
Aeronautics Board (CAB) authorities and with the SAC of our Denver 
office . 

_ I pointed out to that Ur • Quinn Tamm, with whom 

stated he is acguam?ea,, has already departed for Denver, 
for 'personal identification purposes, and a representative from our 
Laboratory was also en route for the purpose of determining whether 
there is any indication of the reason for the explosion • I pointed 
out that the CAB representatives had thus far furnished no indica¬ 
tions of sabotage, but that we were keeping tn very close contact 
with the situation and would conduct an immediate investigation 
should indications of sabotage arise • 

was very pleased with our alertness tn this matter 
and commemea tnat, as usual, the FBI was always a couple of jumps 
ahead g£ them. He stated that he could reassure | | 

of UAL, that the FBI was following the matter very 

cToselyl 

| understands that, though we are not conducting 
a sabotage investigation, we are closely following the matter with 
the view to making such an investigation should circumstances 
reflect a violation within our juri sdiction* , / 

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I also pointed out fr<| __| that, of course, the FBI 

has no interest in employer-employee disputes, and he stated he was 
well aware of this • He commented that the only indication of a 
suspicious nature which has yet come to their attention has been a 
comment from their Denver office to the effect that partially burned 
recovered mail from the plane had a suspicious odor of gunpowder • 

He stated this information, according to the Denver office of UAL, 
has already been brought to the attention of the CAB representatives 
and our Denver office • 


I suggested to 


immediately advised of any Information nnminn ±n 
reflecting possible acts of sabotage • 
this would be done . 


that he be certain to keep us 


their attention 
ssured me that 


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_ I verifie d the fact that Messrs • Quinn Tamm and|_ 

Physics and Chemistry Section) of the Laboratory 
7nJcT" Hep&r'SecTlJTirvhe 1:30 p»m • UAL flight (which through delayed b7c 
departure actually left at 3:30 p»m.) 3 for Denver • This airplane 
crash will be closely followed to be certain that we fulfill our 
jurisdictional obligations • 





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• b7C 


SAC, Denver 


November X6, 1955 


Director, FBI 

RECORDED - 22 7 : . / 




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wj.r’jj JACK GILBERT GRAHAM, with aliases 
John Gilbert Graham 
Jack Gilbert King 
SABOTAGE 


x. Enclosed for your information i « one copy h7r 
of i he report Of 3A | I dated 9*26-51, C 
at Dallas, Texas, oaptioned "Jack Gilbert King, Interstate 
^^*P©£tati°n of stolen Kotor Vehicle, Selective Service 


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same caption, by PRB:111. * 

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Boardman . 

Mchols_ 

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Harbo _ 

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Tamm_ 

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Hollom^l 
Gandy . 


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Office Memorandum 


UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 


SUBJECT 


S MR. L. V. B0ARDMANjM^|J‘3 

* MR. A. H. BELM0NT4, & 

1 

: JACK GILBERT 1 ^RAHAM, was 
John Gilbert Graham 
Jack Gilbert King 
SABOTAGE t v / , 

N O- j T R ! 

___ 1 JRj •__ 1_X _ T _ 


datb: November 16, 


Tobon_ 

Boardman. 
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1955 mrA 


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Mohr_ 

Parsons __ 

Rosen_ 

Sizoo_ 

Winte crowd _ 
Tele. Room _ 
Holloman_ 


Bureau indices have been checked to determine if we conducted teny 
prior investigation concerning the subject of this case. The indices were 
checked under the names of Graham and King with the first names Jack and 
John. No subversive references were located. Bufile 62-77185, Serial 48, 
-reflects a reference to the subject in connection itfith the checks which he 
forged in Colorado in 1951. This was a state matter. Bufile 26-151835 
captioned "Jack Gilbert King, Interstate Transportation of Stolen Motor 
Vehicle, Selective Service Act, 1948," reflects investigation conducted by 
the Dallas Office with regard to an individual who is possibly identical 
with the subject. The subject was at that time under arrest at Lubbock, 
Texas, for illegal possession of liquor and illegal possession of a firearm. 
The Bureau checked to see if the car was stolen and found out that it was 
not. His Selective Service record liras also checked through the files of 
local board number 1, Anchorage. The only matter of interest noted in this 
record was that his Selective Service questionnaire reflected that he was 
at one time confined in a mental ward of Ellis Island Marine Hospital, 

New York, while in the Coast Guard. 

It should be noted that a check of Coast Guard records has been 
made by the Identification Division and it was determined that the subject 
was given a medical survey in 1948 and was diagnosed as having no disease 
but temperamentally unsuited for service and he was discharged for 
unsuitability on 1-26-49. His Coast Guard record has been furnished to 
Denver. 

ACTION : b7C 

If you approve the attached memorandum will be se nt to Denver 
enclosing one copy of the report of SA l 1 9-26-51, at 

Dallas, Texas, which reflects all the information in Bufiles concerning 
the subject. 


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Office Memorandum • united states government 


FROM 


MR. TOLSON 


D. J. Parsons 


DATE: 11/17/55 


Mohr —’ 
parsons 


Sizoo- 

Tintcrrowd _ 
Tele. Room - 
Holloman — 
Gandy - 


iubject : CRASH ~ UNITED AIRLINES DC-6 wintered _ 

FLIGHT 629 - LONGMONT, COLORADO, 

November 1,1QS5^~ <^y- 

C* r Is & 

I talked to SAd^EW^k^^Sf^enver, Colorado, this afternoon 
and chenlzed. on the status of technical work that Laboratory Agent k 7c 

I has been doing in Denver. The technical work that he went 
to Denver to do has been completed. If he remained in Denver, he would 
go over other fragments of the wreckage to which task other Agents are 
also assigned. The more important items have already been collected 
and, of course, a substantial volume was sent back to the Laboratory 
here. 

Since there is little that he can accomplish in Denver and 
he has a great deal of work to do here in assisting with the examina¬ 
tion of the wreckage fragments which we have, I feel that it would be 
far more productive and expedite the completion of the report to have 
him return to Washington. 

I told SAC Burke to have \ return to Washington tomorrow 

in order that we could expedite the completion of this case. 


ACTION: 


None, for information. 


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1 - Mr. Belmont (sent direct) 

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To: COMMUNICATIONS SECTION, 


IWrSUBM 16, 1955 


URGENT 


. Transmit the following message to^ pggfgg 

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If JOHN GILBERT GRAHAM, SABOTAGE. A NEWS RELEASE BATED MOVE! 


EIGHTEEN, 


NX ESTEEM FIFTTFIVE, DEM TER, REFLEETS SUB JECT BAS DEMI 


PLACING 


BOMB DM PLANE\WHICH CMASSED MOTSMBES ONE AMD TBS^mEPOSTER AL NAKULA 
QUOTED SUBJECT \o SATING SS WEED CONFESSION BECAUSE FBI TOLD HIM 
THEM WERE GOING TO MMT MIS WIFE IN JAIL JOBS^wjinSM fa AT AGENTS 


QUESTIONED BlM FROM MpGM SUMDJJ TO FOUR AMpJfEXT MORNING . APPEARS 


PROBABLE GRAHAM WILL ATT, 
CERTAIN TO PRESERVE JJirl 


TO INTERVIEW OF SUBJECT. 


GEMFEaUmJtSrfABT OF DEFENSE * BE 

* m mmi ant other records PERTAfffab 

PRENAMED TO REFUTE FALSE CLAIMS OF 


SUBJECT AT TRIAL. Ijf ORDER THAT BUREAU MAT WNWE COMPLETE PICTURE 
THIS MATTER FU BRIMS Mm OR ANDUM \flMRDI A TEL T OUTLINING CHRONOLOGIC ALL! 
COMPLETE DETAILS Ofk INTERVIEW WITH AND HANDLING OF SUBJECT FROM 


TIME HE FIRSTJZAME fa TOUR OFFICE NOVEMBER THIRTEEN, NINETEEN 
FIFTTFI^H uJAl\rRAIGNMENT. ? INCLUDE ALL STEPS TAMER DURING 


intMrmiew 



RE CONFESSION VOLUNTARY AND ADMISSIBLE AND TIME 


OF Ejfcmqrnf. SUBMIT COVER MEMORANDUM Vffti MEMORANDUM MENTIONED 
ABOVE \oMitENTING SPECIFICALLY SON, SUBJECT CASH S STATEMENTS AS 
THE! APPEARED IN NEWS RELEASES. KEEP BUREAff\uiLT ADVISED ALL 
fiBiYBlOPKSKTS. 


Tolson- 

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Nichols_ 

Belmont- 

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To: CO! 


CATIONS SECTION. 


Transmit the following message to: 


NOVEMBER 18, 1955 
SAC, DENVER 


urgent 


JOHN GILBERT GRAHAM, SABOTAGE. A NEWS RELEASE DATED NOVEMBER EIGHTEEN, 
NINETEEN FIFh(FIVE, DENVER, REFLECTS SUBJECT HAS DENIED PLACING 
BOMB ON PLANE miCH CRASHED NOVEMBER ONE AND TpE REPORTER AL NAKULA 
QUOTED SUBJECT ASSAYING HE SIGNED CONFESS!^ BECAUSE FBI TOLD HIM 


THEY WERE GOING TO MT HIS WIFE IN JAIL AND FURTHER THAT AGENTS 


QUESTIONED HIM FROM NOON SUNDAY TO FOJfR A.M. NEXT MORNING. APPEARS 
PROBABLE GRAHAM WILL ATTACK CONFESSION AS PART OF DEFENSE. BE 


CERTAIN TO PRESERVE INTERVIEW LQGS AND ANY OTHER RECORDS PERTAINING 
TO INTERVIEW OF SUBJECT. BE PREPARED TO REFUTE FALSE CLAIMS OF 


SUBJECT AT TRIAL. IN ORDER/T HAT BUREAU MAY HAVE COMPLETE PICTURE 

THIS MATTER FURNISH MEMORANDUM IMMEDIATELY OUTLINING CHRONOLOGICALLY 

/ \ 

COMPLETE DETAILS OF INTERVIEW WITH AND ^HANDLING OF SUBJECT FROM 

/ \ 

TIME HE FIRST CAME TQ YOUR OFFICE NOVEMBER. THIRTEEN, NINETEEN 
FIFTYFIVE UNTIL ARRAIGNMENT. INCLUDE ALL STEMS TAKEN DURING 
INTERVIEW TO INSURE CONFESSION VOLUNTARY AND ADMISSIBLE AND TIME 
OF EACH ITEM. /SUBMIT COVER MEMORANDUM WITH MEMORANDUM MENTIONED 
ABOVE COMMENTING SPECIFICALLY ON, SUBJECT DASH S STATEMENTS AS 
THEY APPEARED IN NEWS RELEASES. KEEP BUREAU FULLY ADVISED ALL 


DEVELOPMENTS. 


HOOVER 


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Thi s, tel_etiu2£ 02^ sent but was read verbatim to 
SAC Burke and taken by steno, 7:12 p.m., 'n-lJ-jff. 
(per Hr. Tolson's instructions) Burke also vv<3£ 
instructed at this time to submit letter to Bureau 
factually reporting all pertinent developments in 
this case to date. This letter to reach Bdreo.u 
next Monday. JASsjdd. I 


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Mr • Parson8 
Mr • Boardman 

NOVEMBER If, 1*55 


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URGENT 


JACK GILBERT MRAHAU, WAS., SABOTAGE, RE BUREAU TELEPHONE CALI 
NOVEMBER FIFTEEN, LAST, ADVISING YOU TO COOPERATE WXTB DISTRICT 
ATT0RNE7 KEATING ANN TO TURN OVER TO SIM PHYSICAL EVIDENCE IN TNXS 
CASE. X DESCRIPTION IN WRITING Of ALL PHYSICAL EVIDENCE TURNED 
OVER TO KEATING MUST BE MAINTAINED IN TOUR OFFICE TOGETHER WITS 
A RECEIPT FROM KEATING REFLECTING IT WAS FURNISNED TO HIM, A 
CONFIRMING LETTER MUST BE SENT KEATING LISTING PRTSICAl EVIDENCE 
TURNED OVER TO SIM AND FOR WHICH RECEIPTS SAVE ALREADY BEEN 
OBTAINED. PREPARE FOR KEATING SEPARATE SUMMARY MEMORANDUM SETTING 
FORTH PERTINENT INFORMATION AND LIST OF WITNESSES TOGETHER WITS 
SUMMARY OF THEIR EXPECTED TESTIMONY. THIS WILL INCLUDE LIST OF / . J i 
WITNESSES DEVELOPED DURING INVESTIGATION 930 ARE FAVORABLE TO ^ ! | 

SUBJECT. FIVE COPIES OF ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO KEATING MUST BE £ ; i $ 

• /T" - : 

FORWARDED TO BUREAU. NO COPIES OF INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS OR § n & • 

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PROSECUTIVE SUMMARY REPORTS ARE TO BE MADS AVAILABLE TO KEATING . M 2 6j 
ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL MOST CAREFUL RECORD BE KEFT OF INFORMATION $ ^ 
AND EVIDENCE FURNISHED KEATIHG. YOU ARE PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE &> 

TO SEE THAT THIS IS DOME AND BUREAU PROPERLY ADVISED . YOU AB& , £ 

£ ^ 

TO CONTINUE INVESTIGATION THIS CASS AND CONTROL INVESTIGATION tit Til 

REs cup ”:M;t 3 a ~' 

CASE IS COMPLETED AND ALL PERTIFENT EVIDENCE DEVELOPED. PRESS REPORTS 


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PRESS REPORTS 


iTolson_ 

■Board man 

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f ICATE DISTRICT ATTORNEY KEATING HAS ASSIGNED STAFF OF INVESTIGATORS 

to rfnv 1355 

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Office Memorandum • united states government 


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SUBJECT: 


Mr, Tolson 


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UNITED AIRLINES CRASH 
NEAR LONGMONT, COLORADO 
November 1. 2955_.,„ _ 


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DATE: iiTOU. 7, 1955 


Tolson — 

Board man 
Nichols _ 


Psfwtfns . 
Rosen — 
Tamm_ 



SYNOPSIS 


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Identifi cat ion s^effeU’fedas a result of fingerprints amounted 
to 21 out of 35 bodies from which fingerprints were obtained, 60% 

identification by fingerprints, 14 bodies fingerprinted not identified 

by fingerprints, 9 bodies identified previously by personal effects • 
United Airlines officials extremely outspoken in their praise of the 
Bureau's cooperation in these matters. List of persons identified by 
fingerprints attached for record purposes . 

RECOMMENDATION 

That Fingerprint Examiner d and 

and Special A<geni \ l and Assisiant Special Agent~in~charoe 

“ \be corowenaed by Tett er^ for th e extremely competent job b7C 

ifl/UcA TTtey urid. It is noted that | | who is a fingerprint in¬ 

structor in the field, had proceeded, To the morgue and had finger¬ 
printed 13 bodies by the time identifi cation team arrived from Wash¬ 
ington, He did a very competent job, | | and| \erformed in 

their usu al competent manner in effecting TdentifTcdWons, 1 again 

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DETAILS 


I wish to advise that identification of the bodies in the 
above-named plane crash has been completed. There were 44 people on 
the plane including o ne small child_. The writer acco muaRl£d tm 

Fiynfirnrint Examiners | \ASAC _ ai 

SA I _ arrived at THe morgue Th Ureeley, Colorado, at 

7:30 p, M», November 2. All of the bodies from the accident were 
at the morgue at the time of our arrival with the exception of 9 
bodies which had been identified by relatives and friends or by 
personal effects and had been removed. 


Enclosure , 




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Memorandum, for Mr. Tola on 


The night of November 2 and the morning of November 3 
were spent in fingerprinting the remaining bodies so that the finger 
impressions would be available for comparisons upon the arrival of 
fingerprints cards which were being transmitted from the Identifi¬ 
cation Division* In this particular case we departed from Wash¬ 
ington prior to the time the passenger list had been searched and 
the fingerprint cards were forwarded to us. 

The day of November 3 was spent making fingerprint com¬ 
parisons after the receipt of the fingerprint cards. 21 identifi¬ 
cations were effected as a result of these comparisons. There was 
a high percentage of women on the plane, 19 in all, and obviously 
we do not have as many fingerprints on females as we do males. 
Consequently, the percentage of identification was not as high as 
it was in the Laramie, Wyoming, crash. However, 60% identification 
on bodies fingerprinted is still an extremely high percentage in 
this type of accident. 

The bodies in this particular case were not badly mutilated 
as far as facial features were concerned. This plane evidently dis¬ 
integrated or exploded in the air and the bodies fell free hitting 
the ground, most of them on their backs, so that the hands and 
fingers were still intact, and in some cases identifications could 
be effected by facial features. The identifications were effected 
quickly and efficiently and brought many comments of commendation 
from the united Airlines officials who were extremely grateful for 
the assistance rendered by the Bureau • 


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BODY NUMBER 


1 . 

#2 

2 . 

#3 

3. 

■ #5 

4. 

#6 

5. 

#7 

6 . 

#8 

7. 

# io 

8. 

m 

9. 

#13 

10. 

#17 

11. 

#18 

12. 

#19 

13. 

#21 

14. 

#24 

15. 

#25 

16. 

#27 

17. 

#31 

18. 

#32 

19. 

#38 

20. 

#41 

21. 

#44 




* 

NAME 

James F. Dorey 
Peggy Lou Peddicord 
Harold Russell Sandstead 
John Peter Bomelyn 
Frank Mark Brennan, Jr. 

Clarence W. Todd 
James William Purvis 
Elt^n B. Hickok 
Frederick Stewart Morgan 
Faye Ellis Ambrose 
Jacqueline Lou Hinds 
Barbara Jean Cruse (UAL Stewardess) 
Sally Ann Scofield (UAL Stewardess) 
Susanne Faulds Morgan 
/Bror Howard Beckstrom 
Jesse Thomas Sizemore 
Lee Hardee Hall 
Don Albert White (UAL) 

Gerald George Lepke 
Thomas L. Crouch (I.B. Card) 

Samuel Francis Arthur 



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Boardman 


Belmont 



Assistant Attorney General 
Warren Olney 111 


Wevenher 18, 295S 


Director, FBI 


JACK GILBERT GRABAM 

CRASS - ffWITED AIRLIWB8 DC-6B 

rilGBT 629 

LONG MOST, COLORADO aM.«F 

MOfESSES 1, 1955 g££w 

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Harbo___ 

Mohr_ 

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Rosen- 

Tamm_ 

Sizoo- 

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Tele* Room . 
Holloman ^ 
Gandy + _^ 


Reference is made to my memorandum to the 
Attorney General dated December 16, 2955, with copies 
to you* 

We have been advised that Gutted States 
Attorney Donald I. Kelley, Denver, Colorado, after 
discussing this case with you, has announced that 
Graham will be prosecuted for murder by District Attorney 
Bert Keating, Denver, Colorado* 

In accordance with this decision, our Denver 
Office has been instructed to fully inform Mr, Keating 
of -information developed in thie case sad to turn over to ' 
him the physical evidence which has bssn obtained* We 
will net furnish Mr • Keating with espies sf FBI reports 
but will furnish pertinent information and Hot of wttneooeo 
together with a statement of their expected testimony in 
a summary memorandum, There will be included the names 
of any witnesses developed during our investigation " 
who are favorable to the subject of this case together & 
with whatever information they my have in his favor* ■'* £ 

•' We will maintain accurate descriptions of c 

all physical evidence furnished to Mr, Keating and d 

will,obtain from him appropriate receipts • We will also: .... 
confirm in,writing to Mr, Keating tfnr physrtcat~TT>idence^ " * 
which has been fwmiaMtmMi*. i *' ~ “ - 


tr y investigation is a 


Our investigation is continuing, and Mr, Keating 
will be given the benefit of any ad&tttomal pertinent 
information or physical evidence developed in the future, 
Copies of all investigative reports furnished by our 
Denver Office will pe made available to tho-sDepartment 
upon receipt at the Bureau* ;\ / i 


2ce\~/Aseistant Attorney General 
\/ William F* Tomphino 


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Mr. Wiatgfrcwd- 
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Mr. Hollon)HU^. 
Miss Gsadsr™™- 


11-15-55 0-1 XXXS-10 PM MST 


URGENT 


CRUALSAB. REFERENCE IS MADE TO TELEPHONE CALL FROM INSpJ 




RE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS THIS DATE 


WHEREIN BUREAU WAS PREVIOUSLY INFORMED THAT THE CONTENTS GAVE 


EVIDENCE OF HAVING MATERIAL INCLUDED IN THE SIGNED STATEMENT 


TAKEN FROM SUBJECT JOHN GILBERT GRAHAM* AS IT WAS EXPLAINED 


TO IN ACCORDANCE WITH BUREAU INSTRUCTIONS, THE 

ORIGINAL OF THE SIGNED STATEMENT WAS DELIVERED TO USA DONALD 


E. KELLEY JUST PRIOR TO THE U. S. COMMISSIONERS HEARING AT 


TEN A* M., NOVEMBER FOURTEEN INSTANT. IT HAS BEEN ASCERTAINED 


IT OR A COPY THEREOF HAS BEEN IN HIS POSSESSION CONTINUOUSLY 


SINCE. IT WAS LEARNED THAT SUBSEQUENT TO THE U. S. 


COMMISSIONERS HEARING, USA KELLEY HAD CONFERRED WITH DISTRICT 


ATTORNEY BERT KEATING AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY M. E. H. 


|[mARk)tWB0J SMITH, WELD COUNTY, DURING WHICH TIME THE SIGNED 


STATEMENT WAS READ ALOUD. WITHOUT CONDUCTING INVESTIGATION 


IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO STATE THAT SOMEONE COULD HA\£E 


OVERHEARD THE STATEMENT BEING READ THROUGH TH 


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OR ADJOINING ROOM. AS THE BUREAU WAS ADVISED USA KELLEY WAS 
j A£K£D $0VSTATEMENT AV/y^.ABLE TO THE PRESS 

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PAGE TWO— 

|AND ME STATED THAT HE DID NOT« USA KELLEY THEREAFTER WAS 
ASKED IF HE FELT ANY STATEMENT CONTAINED IN THE NEWSPAPER 
ARTICLE BY REPORTER DAVE STOHLBERG CONTAINED INFORMATION THAT 
WOULD BE PREJUDICIAL TO THE PROSECUTION OF THE FORTHCOMING 
TRIAL AND HE STATED IN HIS OPINION THAT IT DID NOT* IT IS 
NOW BELIEVED THAT THE POTENTIAL OF A LEAK THROUGH SOURCES 
OTHER THAN THE OFFICE OF THE USA WOULD BE SO GREAT AS TO 
MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO PINPOINT THAT SOURCE. STOHLBERG WAS 
ASKED SPECIFICALLY WHERE HE RECEIVED THE INFORMATION 
CONTAINED IN HIS ARTICLE* HE DECLINED TO ANSWER, STATING 
HE GATHERED IT FROM QttO-XE^ VARIOUS SOURCES*'WSTOTO. THERE 
APPEARED IN THE DENVER POST, HOME EDITION, THIS AFTERNOON 
AN ARTICLE CAPTIONED a&HBFINGERMAN GAVE FBI CRASH Tip" 
UNg g OT E. THE ARTICLE STATED THAT ONE LUCIUS R* MESSERVY OF 
TWO ONE NAUGHT FIVE AMES STREET, EDGEWATER, A FORMER PATATO 
CHIP SALESMAN WHOSE CUSTOMERS INCLUDED GRAHAM AND MRS* 

DAISIE KING, A VICTIM IN THE SABOTAGED PLANE, REVEALED HIS 

IcWOk"STRONG SUSPICION^RSE&SBSE OF GRAHAM TO SEVERAL FBI 
END PAGE TWO— 









PAGE THREE 


AGENTS IN A SECRET MEETING LAST TUESDAY NOVEMBER EIGHT IN 
THE ALBANY HOTEL COFFEE SHOP* THIS ARTICLE VENT ON TO 
STATE THAT HE HAD CONVEYED THIS INFORMATION TO HIS BISHOP 
RICHARD HANSON* CHURCH OF CHRIST OF THE LATTER DAY SAINTS; 

AND WHEN NO ARREST VAS MADE HE HAD GOTTEN IN CONTACT VITH 
HIS ATTORNEY RONALD I* ZALL AND ASKED HIM ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY 
OF GRAHAMS SUING HIM PMtCN(MESSERVY^PMHN FOR SLANDER* IT 
IS POINTED OUT THAT THIS INFORMATION FIRST CAME TO THE 
ATTENTION OF ASAC MOORE FROM DON MARTIN; MANAGER OF SECURITY; 

UAL ON NOVEMBER SIX VHEN MARTIN INFORMED THAT A BISHOP HANSON 
OF THE MORMAN CHURCH STATED HE HAD A PARISHIONER WHO HAD 
INFORMATION THAT MIGHT BE IMPORTANT* ASAC MOORE CALLED 
BISHOP HANSON AND THROUGH HIM A MEETING VAS ARRANGED IN THE 
ALBANY COFFEE SHOP ON THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER EIGHT* AT THE 
I TIME MESSERVY REPORTED INFORMATION ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF 
[AGENTS IN THIS OFFICE OF HIS SUSPICIONS OF THE BURNING OF 
THE CROWN DASH A DRIVEIN; OWNED BY MRS* KING AND GRAHAM; AND 

| 

I HIS SUSPICIONS CONCERNING THE WRECKING OF GRAHAMS NINETEEN FIFTY 
FIVE CHEVROLET BY A TRAIN; BOTH OF WHICH HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN 
| FURNISHED THIS OFFICE BY OTHER SOURCES. NO OTHER INFORMATION OTHER 
THAN THAT ALREADY IN OUR POSSESSION WAS FURNISHED AND HE WAS SO INFORMED 
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PAGE FOUR 


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ON NOVEMBER FOURTEEN WHEN HE TELEPHONICALLY CONTACTED ASAC 
MOORE AS TO HIS ELIGIBILITY FOR THE REWARD* IT IS OBVIOUS 
MESSERVY IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A PORTION OF THE TWENTY 
FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS REWARD TO WHICH HE IS NOT ENTITLED* 
INVESTIGATION TODAY RESULTED IN THE LOCATION OF THE RYALL 
ELECTRICAL SUPPLY COMPANY, FIVE NAUGHT NAUGHT LINCOLN, WHERE 
SUBJECT GRAHAM PROBABLY PURCHASED THE TIMING DEVICE USED IN HIS HOME 
MADE BOMB* HE BEGAN NEGOTIATIONS ON OCTOBER SEVENTEEN AND 
ORDERED A PARTICULAR TIMING DEVICE WHICH WAS NOT IN STOCK. 

THEY ORDERED IT FOR HfM* AFTER SEVERAL CHECKS BY PHONE HE 
PICKED IT UP IN PERSON ON OCTOBER TWENTY SIX. HE RETURNED ON 
OCTOBER TWENTY EIGHT STATING IT DID NOT WORK RIGHT FOR HIS 
PURPOSE AND EXCHANGED FOR ANOTHER. FIVE EMPLOYEES OF THIS 
CONCERN POSITIVELY IDENTIFY GRAHAM'S PHOTOGRAPH AND THE FACT 
THAT HE LEFT THE NAME JACK AND A PHONE NUMBER WHICH IS IDENTICAL 
WITH THE ONE IN GRAHAM^ HOME* INVOICES ARE AVAILABLE* 

ADDITIONAL CHECK OF DEBRIS OF CRASHED AIRLINER REVEALED 
ANOTHER PORTION OF BATTERY USED IN THE HOME MADE BOMB AS WELL 
AS PORTION OF WEB STRAP BOUGHT AT SURPLUS STORE TO REINFORCE 
SUITCASE. INVESTIGATION CONTINUING TO LOCATE SOURCE OF DYNAMITE. 

END PAGE FOUR™ 









THERE WAS ALSO A WATEMENT IN THE SAME PA PER ATTRIBUTED TO JEROME 
R. STRICKLAND, GRAHAM*S ATTORNEY -^BHH^THAT THE DETAILED CONFESSION 
GRAHAM SIGNED WAS OBTAINED BY THREAT* THE CHARGE WAS DENIED FLATLY 
BY KELLEY AND AGENTS OF THE FBI*“ tWCSWff. WE WERE NEVER ASK^ABOUT 
|SUCH A STATEMENT, THEREFORE ASAC MOORE CONTACTED ATTORNEY STRICKLAND 
'WHO DENIED HE ACCUSED THE FBI BUT SAID GRAHAM SAID HE WAS TOLD BY 
FBI AGENTS HIS STORY CONFLICTED WITH HIS, GRAHAM'S, WIFE AND HE SIGNED 
THE STATEMENT TO KEEP HIS WIFE FROM BEING ARRESTED FOR LYING. MR. 
STRICKLAND WAS TOLD IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS THAT WE DID NOT APPRECIATE 
THE REMARK AND HE APOLOGISED STATING HE WAS MIS QUOTED. 

REPRESENTATIVES OF MUTUAL OF OMAHA TODAY EXHIBITED TO AGENTS OF THIS 
OFFICE CARBON COPIES OF INSURANCE POLICIES AS FOLLOWS, THREE ONE 
SEVEN ONE, JACK G, GRAHAM, BENEFICIARY, FOR THIRTY-SEVEN THOUSAND 
FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS. THREE ONE SEVEN TWO, HELEN R. HABLUTZEL 
FOR SIX THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS. THREE ONE SEVEN NAUGHT, 
JACK GRAHAM, BENEFICIARY FOR THIRTY-SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED 
DOLLARS. THREE ONE SEVEN THREE, HELEN RALPH SMITH BENEFICIARY FOR 
SIX THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS AND THREE ONE SIX NINE FOR 
FORTY-THREE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS, AND THREE ONE 
SIX EIGHT FOR EIGHTEEN THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS WHICH WERE 
NOT FILLED OUT BUT WERE PROBABLY PREPARED BY GRAHAM AS THE 
NUMBERS AND TIME CHECKED, AND HE ADVISED ON INTERVIEW HE RUINED ONE 
OR TWO WHICH HE DID NOT EXECUTE PROPERLY. PHOTOSTAT COPIES MADE OF 
THESE FOR DN FILES. 

BURKE 

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HONORABLE B KRT M. K FATING 
DISTRICT ATTORNEY 
DENVER, COLORADO 


I WANT TO ASScWrTof THAT THE COMPLETE INVESTIGATIVE AND 
SCIENTIFIC FACILITIES OF TIP' FBI ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU IN THE 
HAND LINE. OF TM V PROSECUTION OF JOHN GILBERT GRAHAM AND I AM 
ASKING MI PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE IN DniVER~TO~IMMEDIATELY 
CONTACT TOE T& CO OVER ALL FACTS DEVELOPED TO DATE AND RENDER SUCH 
ASSISTANCE AS IB NECESSARY TO INGUSH THE FULFILMENT OF JUSTICE 

SINCERELY, 

jom elgar mown _ 

DIRECTOR *~V 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESJBGATPm 


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Mr. Belmont 


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BULKY EXHIBIT - INVENTORY OF PROPERTY ACQUIRED AS EVIDENCE 


Bufile: 98-1*3035 


Title and Character of Case: 

JACK GILBERT~GRAHAM, was. 
SABOTAGE 


Date Property Acquired: 11/17/55 


Source From Which Property Acquir 


Location of Property or Bulky Exhibit: 


Denver 


11/19/55 


_Field Division 


Date 


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Bulky Exhibit Cabinet 


Reason for Retention of Property and To be turned over to Denver District Attorney 
Efforts Made to Dispose of Same: BEKT KEATING 


Description of Property or Exhibit and 
Identity of Agent Submitting Same: SA 


I. One quilted lavender plastic bag with snap fastener with five envelope type 
compartments containing the following: 


First Compartment 


W'm" 


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wedding picture of JACK and GLORIA GRAHAM. 


Size 25 pack of 5-10 sewing needles, eight needles in package. ... 

Second Compartment 

Three white and one pink lace-edged ladies* handkerchieves. 

Third Compartment < Q / 

Three metal bracelets (apparently copper) 

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One aluminum automobile key and chain, attaching piece of plastic, in vhic}i 
is tiny crab and words "Anchorage, Alaska.® 

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One white ladies* hankerchief. 


Tw o brown hair nets (one in tissue paper in "Larraine" hairnet envelops) 
One stick Jergens "Morning Glory Stick Cologne." ■ ^ ™ A 


Field File #: 98-331-1B (2) 


TOT GREG A. MUELLER, 
Chief Deputy DA, Denver 

n/a/55 

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Fourth Compartment 

One emeiy board for fingernails. 

One ladies ' figured handkerchief. 

One pair nylon hose. 

Fifth Compartment 

One Canadian 195>0 quarter. 

One Denver Tramway token. 

Seventeen small new yellowsafety pins, attached to tag "20 Empire Midget Rustless 
Safety Pins." 

One red and white ladies* figured handkerchief. 

One pair blue and one pair green 2" square flowered paper envelopes with ribbons 
at top, apparently containing sachet. 

One pair nylon hose. 

H. 

One pair hand-knit pink angora anklets. 

One pair hand-knit white angora anklets. 

III 

One pair new light tan deerskin size 6-| gloves in plastic envelope. 

On envelope are words "Gloves by Superb." 

IV 

One pair new ladies' nylon stockings, size 10, Penney 1 s Gaymode brand in 
Penney's cellophane envelope. Price tag 98$. 

V 

One black, green lined rayon quilted ladies dressing gown with black cord 
belt, size "Medium." Pocket on right side, no left pocket. 

VI 

One antique brass leather covered shot flask, containing shot, and one 
brass powder flask, containing powder. On neck of powder flask, attached 
by cellophane tape, is typed name "EARL KING." 







FD-192 

(7-17-52) 



BULKY EXHIBIT - INVENTORY OF PROPERTY ACQUIRED AS EVIDENCE 

Bufile: 98 -J 43035 ' _ nomor _Field Division 

_ll/lg/55 Date 


Title and Character of Case: 

JACK GILBERTuRAHAM, was. 
SABOTAGE 


Date Property Acquired: ll/ll/55 

Source From Which Property Acquired: Wreckage and debris of United Air Lines 

DG-6B, UAL Warehouse, Denver, Colo. 

Location of Property or Bulky Exhibit: Bulky Exhibit Cabinet 


Reason for Retention of Property and Evidence 

Efforts Made to Dispose of Same: To be retained until after trial 


Description of Property or Exhibit and 
Identity of Agent Submitting Same: a 


Pieces of brown Samsonite luggage of DAISIE E. KING 









TOT District Attorney BERT 
KEATING, 11/25/55 

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BULKY EXHIBIT 
Buttle: 98-53035 


INVENTORY OF PROPERTY ACQUIRED AS EVIDENCE 

Denver F ield Division 

11-13-35 D ate 


Title and Character of Case: 

JACK GILBERTTgRAHAM, was. 
SABOTAGE 


Date Property Acquired: 1 1 h 3/35 


Source From Which Property Acquired: 


Location of Property or Bulky Exhibit: Gun Vault, 

Denver Office 

Reason for Retention of Property and possible use as evidence 

Efforts Made to Dispose of Same: Dispose of upon completion of trial 



Search of residence of JACK GILBERT GRAHAM, 
2650 W. Mississippi Ave., Denver, Colo. 


Description of Property or Exhibit and 
Identity of Agent Submitting Same: g 


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1. One box containing 25 shotgun shells. 

2. One box containing 19 shotgun shells. 

3. One sack containing 28 rifle cartridges and 9 lead bullets. 
km One phonograph speaker hook-up vdre set. 

TOT USM, Denver, 7/26/56 . 

L.H. 


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Field File #: 98^331-1B (7) 









UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSWIE 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 

WASHINGTON 25, D. C. 


NOV 141955 


The following FBI record, NUMBER 


CONTRIBUTOR OF 
FINGERPRINTS 


AT 


Director. 


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, is furnished FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY. 


NAME AND NUMBER 


ARRESTED OR 
RECEIVED 


DISPOSITION 


Otmm-t Solo 

C 1 Graham 


S-S vlsnSi PC Jack'Gilbert 
.Graham 
#P«8?6 


XX-17-5:. warrant forg. 


applicant 


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»j n view of the fact' that no fingerprints or identifying 
number, such as FBI number, or police record number, 
accompanied your request, this Bureau cannot guarantee : 
:.n any manner that this record is identical with the 
individual in whom you are interested. r 


19551 


NOT PECD.IDED 

if NOV 21 1955 . 




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■Notations indicated by * ARE NOT BASED ON FINGERPRINTS IN FBI files. The notations are based on data 
Kfumished this Bureau concerning individuals of the same or similar names or aliases and ARE LISTED ONLY AS 

HNVESTIGATIVE v LEADS. 16 — 16190-2 U. S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE 










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_made available a letter written by Mrs. DAISIE 
KIMI7 one or me victims in the DC -6 airliner which was 
sabotaged on 11 / 1 / 55 . , > 

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In this letter, DAISIE KING states "JACK had my - ' 
jticket when I returned to Denver Sat." This would indicate 
’that the subject, JACK GRAHAM, was making the arrangements 
'for DAISIE KING to fly from Denver to Seattle and as early 
jas October 29 th was making plans to kill Mrs. KING for her 
’estate and insurance. Copies of instant letter attached. 


family |~ 

and thatT 


explained that 


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advised the KING family had been well off financial^ and 
owned a home in Florida and t hat DAISIE KING operated two 
ice cream parlors in Denver. | k new subject, JACK 

GRAHAM, and was cognizant of his arrest for forgery and selling 
of liquor. She said that JACK GRAHAM always impressed her 
as being a normal individual and to the best of her kno wledge 
has neve r manifested any signs of mental disturbances.' 


Mr. Be lmontj 


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|had destroyed the envelope in which instant letter was 
transmitted and she has requested that instant letter be 
|returned to her, however this office is attempting to make 
arrangements with Mrs. HUFFMAN whereby instant letter can be held 
until the consximation of the legal actions in this matter. 










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RE: CRUAL . 

SABOTAGE 

Se file 98-1150 

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